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Written answers

Thursday, 21 July 2005

  • Minister for Women

    • Work-life Balance

      To ask the Minister for Women and Equality what recent representations she has received regarding the achievement of an acceptable work-life balance by women with children who work outside the home.

    • Post-conflict Reconstruction

      To ask the Minister for Women and Equality what discussions she has had with ministerial colleagues about protecting the rights of women in situations of post-conflict reconstruction.

      Pensions (Gender Equality)

      To ask the Minister for Women and Equality what discussions she has had with the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions on gender equality in future pension provision.

      Gender Pay Gap

      To ask the Minister for Women and Equality what steps the Government is taking to reduce the gender pay gap.

      Domestic Violence

      To ask the Minister for Women and Equality what plans the Government has to improve the services offered to women seeking refuge from domestic violence.

  • Trade and Industry

    • Unfair Dismissal

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry if he will review law and practice for dealing with claims of unfair dismissal.

    • Microgeneration

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what role renewable and sustainable microgeneration will play in achieving renewable electricity generation targets set out in the Energy...

      Microgeneration

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what steps he is taking to promote microgeneration.

      Manufacturing (Yorkshire/Humber)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what steps he is taking to assist manufacturing companies in Yorkshire and Humber.

      Minimum Wage

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry how many workers he estimates will benefit from the recently announced increase in the minimum wage; and how many of these workers he...

      Manufacturing (Stoke-on-Trent)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what action he is taking to help manufacturing companies in Stoke-on-Trent.

      Hydrogen Energy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry if he will make a statement on the Government's hydrogen energy strategy.

      Coal Compensation Claims

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry if he will make a statement on the investigations taking place into the firms dealing with coal compensation claims.

      Building Industry (Capacity)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what discussions he has had with the construction industry, the Construction Industry Training Board and the trade unions on developing...

      Carbon Capture Technology

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what assistance his Department has given to the development of carbon capture technology in the oil and gas industries.

      Advertising Expenditure

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry how much the (a) Department and (b) non-departmental bodies for which the Department is responsible has spent on advertising, broken down by...

      Clear Skies Programme

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry if he will extend the Clear Skies Programme beyond March 2006.

      Copyright

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry if he will make a statement on the Government's plans to extend the period covered by copyright from 50 to 100 years.

      Correspondence

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry when he will reply to the letter of 24 May from the hon. Member for West Worcestershire about the use of hydrogen gas for transport modes.

      Development Funding (North-East)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what estimate he has made of future European enterprise and other economic development funding for the North East region of the UK.

      Disabled Staff

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry how many staff are registered with his Department as being disabled, broken down by grade; and what the equivalent figures were for each of...

      Electricity Generation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry if he will list (a) the sites, (b) the level of subsidy and (c) the electricity generation output of each application that has been supported...

      Employment Act

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what assessment he has made of the effects of the introduction of the Employment Act 2002 on the (a) working patterns and (b) employment...

      Energy (Research)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry how much public funding has gone into scientific research into (a) renewable energy systems and (b) nuclear energy in each of the last five years.

      Energy (Research)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry whether the Government plans to limit investment in research and development solely to systems analysis relating to hydrogen infrastructure...

      Export Control Organisation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry (1) pursuant to the Answer of 13 June 2005, Official Report, column 78W, on the Export Control Organisation, through which mechanisms he...

      Export Credits Guarantee Department

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry whether the Export Credits Guarantee Department has received notification from Biwater that its contract has been cancelled by the Tanzanian...

      Export Credits Guarantee Department

      To ask the Secretary of State forTrade and Industry what procedures the Export Credits Guarantee Department follows where the contractor defaults due to cancellation of a contract by the...

      Export Credits Guarantee Department

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry in how many instances the Export Credits Guarantee Department has sought recourse from companies in receipt of ECGD guarantees or insurance in...

      Export Credits Guarantee Department

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry on how many occasions in the last five years contracts underwritten by the Export Credits Guarantee Department have been terminated by the...

      Export Credits Guarantee Department

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what physical assets the Export Credits Guarantee Department has as collateral on loans guaranteed by the Department.

      Group 4 Securicor

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry how much was spent by his Department and public bodies and agencies for which he is responsible on security contracts with Group 4 Securicor...

      Industrial Diseases

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what the (a) minimum, (b) maximum and (c) average payment made in respect of (i) chronic obstructive pulmonary disease and (ii) vibration...

      Internal Market Services Directive

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry (1) what assessment he has made of the impact of the draft EU Directive on Services in the Internal Market on the (a) rights of workers...

      Medical Research Council

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what funding has been provided from the Medical Research Council for research into myeloma in each financial year since 1997–98.

      Medical Research Council

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what the total cost of consultants employed by the Medical Research Council has been in each of the last five years for which records are...

      Miners' Compensation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what account was taken by his Department in agreeing the costs schedule for chronic obstructive pulmonary disease and vibration white finger...

      Miners' Compensation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry how many claims for (a) chronic obstructive pulmonary disease and (b) vibration white finger have been submitted in (i) Bassetlaw and (ii) the...

      Nuclear Power

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry how many people work (a) directly and (b) indirectly in the nuclear industry in (i) the UK, (ii)Lancashire and (iii) Cumbria.

      Nuclear Power

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what the level of UK investment in the international thermonuclear experimental reactor is.

      Nuclear Power

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what estimate he has made of the cost of replacing the UK's nuclear power stations.

      Oil Producers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry if he will list sub-Saharan African countries which produce substantial quantities of oil.

      Telephone Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what recent steps the Department has taken to prevent silent telephone calls by commercial power diallers; and if the Department will support...

      Wind Farms

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what assessment he has made of the (a) environmental and (b) economic (i) cost and (ii)benefit of wind farms.

  • Prime Minister

    • Correspondence

      To ask the Prime Minister how many letters to his Office from hon. Members in session (a) 2004–05 and (b) 2005–06 remain unanswered, broken down by those which are (i) one month old,...

    • Departmental Staff

      To ask the Prime Minister how many full-time equivalents have worked for his Office for each of the last five financial years for which figures are available.

      Downing Street (Improvements)

      To ask the Prime Minister how much has been spent on (a) maintaining, (b) decorating and (c) otherwise improving 10 Downing street since 1 May 1997; how much (i) has been spent on wallpaper since...

      Office Costs

      To ask the Prime Minister how much his Office cost to run in each year since 1997; and what the cost was in each of the preceding 10 years.

      Publications

      To ask the Prime Minister if he will list the publications issued by his Office in each of the last eight years; and what the (a) circulation, (b) cost and (c) purpose of each was.

  • Constitutional Affairs

    • Dr. David Kelly

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Constitutional Affairs what the current status is of the inquest into the death of Dr. David Kelly.

    • Election Registration

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Constitutional Affairs what plans she has to alter the registration procedures for voting in elections.

      Endowment Mis-selling

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Constitutional Affairs what plans she has to regulate firms who handle claims for compensation for endowment mis-selling; and if she will make a statement.

      Family Law Act 1996

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Constitutional Affairs what plans she has to bring into force section 60 of the Family Law Act 1996; and if she will make a statement.

      Freedom of Information Act

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Constitutional Affairs how many Freedom of Information Act 2000 applications to see sections of the 1911 decennial census for England and Wales have...

      Human Rights

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Constitutional Affairs which rulings of the European Court of Human Rights have not been fully implemented by the United Kingdom Government; what the...

      Legal Aid

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Constitutional Affairs whether she plans to use the same quality assessment for price competitive tendering as that used for civil legal aid contracts.

      Legal Aid

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Constitutional Affairs what assessment she has made of the likely effects of price competitive tendering on civil legal aid.

      Legal Aid

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Constitutional Affairs what steps she plans to take to monitor the quality of criminal legal aid work throughout the term of a contract under price...

      Management Consultants

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Constitutional Affairs what estimate she has made of the total expenditure saved in each of the last three years as a result of implementing...

      Personal Injuries

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Constitutional Affairs what progress has been made with research into the effects of changing the small claims limit for personal injuries.

      Personal Injuries

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Constitutional Affairs whether she plans to hold a public consultation prior to changing the small claims limit for personal injuries.

      Voter Registration

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Constitutional Affairs if she will estimate the socio-economic breakdown of those citizens who have failed to register to vote; and if she will...

      Voter Registration

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Constitutional Affairs how many representations she has received on (a) postal ballot fraud and (b) voter under-registration in the last 12 months.

  • Wales

    • Consultants

      To ask the Secretary of State for Wales what his Department's total spending on management consultants has been in each of the last three years.

    • Consultants

      To ask the Secretary of State for Wales what estimate he has made of the total expenditure saved in each of the last three years as a result of implementing recommendations by management...

      Consultants

      To ask the Secretary of State for Wales if he will list management consultants employed by his Office in each of the last three years.

      Correspondence

      To ask the Secretary of State for Wales how many items of correspondence have been dealt with by (a) the Secretary of State for Wales and (b) his Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State in each...

      Correspondence

      To ask the Secretary of State for Wales how many letters to his Department from hon. Members in session (a) 2004–05 and (b) 2005–06 remain unanswered, broken down by those which are...

      Departmental Budget

      To ask the Secretary of State for Wales how much was allocated to the Office and its predecessor for each year since 1975.

      Departmental Estate

      To ask the Secretary of State for Wales what the estimated (a) market value and (b) annual rental value is of each property owned by his Department; who the occupier of each property is; and if...

      Departmental Purchasing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Wales if he will list the companies from which his Department has purchased goods and services of a total value above £1 million in each of the last three...

      Departmental Staff

      To ask the Secretary of State for Wales how many full-time equivalents have worked for the Department for each of the last five financial years for which figures are available.

      Hospitals (Opening Dates)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Wales what the opening dates of hospitals in Wales were between 1975 and 1998.

      Inward Investment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Wales what discussions he has had with Secretaries in the National Assembly for Wales on encouraging inward investment in Wales.

      Job Losses

      To ask the Secretary of State for Wales what support the Government are offering to support the manufacturing industry in Wales, with particular reference to possible job losses at (a) Sony and...

      Legislation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Wales how many (a) legislative debates and (b) committees on Bills pertaining to England and Wales (i) he and (ii) his Parliamentary Under-Secretary have spoken...

      Legislation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Wales what research costs were incurred (a) in the preparation of and (b) before presentation to Parliament of the (i) Better Governance for Wales White Paper,...

      Legislation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Wales what criteria he will use to measure the consensus required to trigger a referendum on primary legislative powers for the National Assembly for Wales.

      Legislation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Wales how much external research was commissioned by his Department (a) before introduction to Parliament, (b) during passage in Parliament and (c) after Royal...

      Management Consultancies

      To ask the Secretary of State for Wales which five management consultancies received the highest value of contracts awarded by his Department in each of the last three years; and what the total...

      NHS (Wales)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Wales pursuant to the statement by the parliamentary Under-Secretary of State, of 12 July 2005, Official Report, column 252WH, on NHS (Wales), if he will list...

      Olympic Games

      To ask the Secretary of State for Wales what discussions he has had with ministerial colleagues in the Department of Culture, Media and Sport on holding Olympic events in Wales; and if he will...

      Olympics

      To ask the Secretary of State for Wales if he will discuss with the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, opportunities to place contracts with companies based in (a) Blaenau Gwent and...

      Secondments

      To ask the Secretary of State for Wales how many (a) senior and (b) junior full-time staff are seconded (i) from the National Assembly for Wales Government to the Welsh Office and (ii) from the...

      Sickness Absence

      To ask the Secretary of State for Wales how many days the Office has lost due to sickness in the past five years for which figures are available.

      Special Schools

      To ask the Secretary of State for Wales how many special schools have closed in each constituency in Wales in each year since 1997.

      Tax Credits

      To ask the Secretary of State for Wales what discussions he has had with National Assembly for Wales secretaries on the effects of tax credits on the take up of childcare in Wales.

      Wales Office

      To ask the Secretary of State for Wales what record is kept of work done by civil servants in the Assembly for Wales Government that has been requested by the Wales Office.

  • Environment Food and Rural Affairs

    • Agriculture Shows

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs which agriculture shows (a) she and (b) each Minister in her Department (i) visited and (ii) plans to visit in 2005.

    • Animal Welfare

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what plans she has to enact a single statute to protect the welfare of livestock and horses as proposed by the Farm Animal...

      Animal Welfare

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs pursuant to the answer to the right hon. Member for Maidstone and The Weald (Miss Widdecombe) of 29 June 2005, Official...

      Asbestos

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what environmentally acceptable disposal routes for asbestos her Department has identified; and in what order of desirability.

      Beef

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what assessment her Department has made of the impact of Brazilian beef imports on the British beef industry.

      Birds (Imports)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what restrictions to reduce the risk of disease apply to the importation of birds; and if she will make a statement.

      Bovine TB

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs how many farms in England were under official movement or marketing restrictions at the height of the foot and mouth disease...

      Bovine TB

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what the incidence of bovine TB was in (a) North East Somerset, (b) South Gloucestershire and (c) the former county of Avon...

      Bovine TB

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what estimate her Department has made of the number of badgers that have been confirmed to have died due to infection with...

      Bovine TB

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what assessment her Department has made of the effect of bovine tuberculosis on badger population numbers in England and...

      Bovine TB

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what estimate her Department has made of the mortality rate of badgers in England and Wales in each of the last five years.

      Bovine TB

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs how many cases of bovine tuberculosis have been recorded in (a) the North West and (b) Chorley in the last three years.

      Bovine TB

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what steps she plans to take to assist farmers whose farms are shut down because of identified cases of bovine TB; and if she...

      Bovine TB

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs if she will make a statement on the recent discovery of bovine TB in pigs in Bodmin, Cornwall.

      Bovine TB

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs if she will list the locations of sites selected for the bovine TB vaccination of badgers trial; whether the vaccine is the...

      Bovine TB

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs when the Government will announce the results of the road traffic accident survey on the prevalence of tuberculosis in badgers.

      Bovine TB

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what steps she is taking to ensure that animals from tuberculosis-infected areas are tested before being moved into...

      Carbon Dioxide Emissions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what the annual UK emissions of carbon dioxide were, including emissions from aircraft taking off from UK airports in each of...

      Cetaceans

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs how many dolphin and porpoise strandings there were in the south-west in each of the last five years.

      Cetaceans

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what the latest population estimates for dolphins and porpoises in south-west waters are.

      Cetaceans

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs if she will publish the results of the 2005 trial of separator grids in the bass pair trawl industry; and if she will make a...

      Common Agricultural Policy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs which companies and individuals in England received payments of more than £200,000 under the Common Agricultural Policy...

      Community Energy Programme

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs if she will make a statement on the future of the Community Energy Programme in (a) Scotland and (b) England and Wales.

      Correspondence

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs when she will reply to the letter from the hon. member for Totnes dated 25 May relating to the Stoke Fleming parish council's...

      Digital Mapping

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what progress has been made in producing digital maps of farmland; and if she will make a statement on the effect of the time...

      Egg Imports

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what vaccines have been developed to inoculate against salmonella from imported eggs; and if she will make a statement.

      Endangered Species

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs if she will publicise the penalties for offences relating to the illegal trade in endangered species.

      Energy Crops

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (1) what incentives are offered to UK farmers to develop energy crops for use in (a) bio-mass and (b) dual bio-mass and...

      Engagements

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs which country (a) she and (b) each minister in her Department (i) has visited and (ii) plans to visit in 2005.

      England Rural Development Programme

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what representations she has received concerning the allocation of England Rural Development Programme Vocational Training...

      European Landscape Convention

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs when the UK will sign and ratify the European Landscape Convention.

      Fallen Stock

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what discussions she had with her counterpart in the National Assembly for Wales Government about the fallen stock scheme...

      Farm Subsidies

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs how much the Department spent on computer systems to support the single payment system.

      Farm Subsidies

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what the (a) minimum, (b) maximum, (c) average and (d) median time taken for farmers to obtain field numbers for non-arable...

      Farm Subsidies

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs how many farmers did not receive their entry level scheme packs on time; and if she will make a statement.

      Fisheries

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what steps she is taking to promote larger mesh nets for fishing boats to permit smaller fish to escape the nets.

      Fisheries

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what steps she is taking to promote diversification in the fishing industry, with particular reference to tourism and leisure.

      Fisheries

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what steps she is taking to reduce bureaucracy for the fishing industry.

      Flood Defences

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs how much central Government funding has been made available for the improvement of flood defences in the Reading, East...

      Flood Defences

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs how much central Government funding has been made available for the improvement of flood defences, broken down by London...

      GM Animal Feed

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs on what published and peer-reviewed feeding studies Government policy that approved varieties of GM animal feed are not a...

      Hormone Disruptors

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what assessment she has made of the implications for the environment of the release of hormone disrupting substances; and...

      Law Infringements

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, if she will list the environmental law infringements by the UK of which she ahs been notified since 1 January by the...

      Management Consultancies

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs which five management consultancies received the highest value of contracts awarded by her Department in each of the last...

      Management Consultancies

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what her Department's total spending on management consultants has been in each of the last three years.

      Management Consultancies

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what estimate she has made of the total expenditure saved in each of the last three years as a result of implementing...

      Marine Environment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what assessment she has made of the acidity levels of the world's oceans, with particular reference to the capacity to...

      Milk

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what her estimate is of the proportion of milk (a) delivered by milkmen and (b) bought in shops in 2004–05.

      Milk

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what estimate she has made of the average number of times a milk bottle is reused.

      Newcastle Disease

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs how many birds have been affected by the outbreak of Newcastle Disease in Surrey; what assessment she has made of whether the...

      Newcastle Disease

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what steps she is taking to control the outbreak of Newcastle Disease in Surrey.

      Peat

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs if she will make a statement on commercial peat extraction, with particular reference to Cumbria; which areas have been...

      Pesticides/Chemicals (Royal Commission)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what representations she has made to the Royal Commission on the use of pesticides and chemicals.

      Pollution (Fines)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs if she will list companies fined for pollution incidents in each of the past five years, broken down by amount of fine; how...

      Potato Ring Rot

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what assessment she has made of whether all the potatoes identified as being infected with ring rot in this country were...

      Recycling

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs how much her Department has spent in the last year on measures to raise public awareness of recycling.

      Recycling

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what percentage of (a) domestic, (b) commercial and (c) industrial refuse was recycled in (i) Sheffield and (ii) in the...

      Red Diesel

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what recent discussions she has had with the Chancellor of the Exchequer on steps to minimise increases in red diesel costs...

      Rivers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what percentage of the length of rivers in England and Wales was accessible to the public in (a) 1997 and (b) 2004.

      Rivers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what recent discussions she has had with (a) the Secretary of State for Culture Media and Sport, (b) the British Canoe Union...

      Sea Fish

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs if she will list the sea fish commonly found in UK waters whose numbers have declined since 1995; and if she will make a...

      Sickness Absence

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs how many days the Department has lost due to sickness in the past five years for which figures are available.

      Special Advisers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs if she will list (a) the special advisers in her Department, (b) their specific areas of expertise and (c) the total cost of...

      State Veterinary Service

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs how many veterinary surgeons are employed in each office of the State Veterinary Service, broken down by (a) gender and (b)...

      Supermarkets

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what plans she has to strengthen the supermarkets' code of practice; and if she will make a statement.

      Veterinary Surgeons Act

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs when she expects to publish conclusions on amending the Veterinary Surgeons Act 1966; and what assessment she has made of the...

      Waste and Emissions Trading Act

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs under what circumstances her Department may decide not to fine a local authority which failed to meet its landfill allowance...

      Waste Disposal

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs how much of the (a) paper, (b) plastic, (c) glass, (d) aluminium and (e) steel waste collected in London in 2004 was...

      Water Charges

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs if she will update the rules which allow water companies to base charges to customers on national rateable values of their...

      Wild Animals

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs if she will make it her policy to ban the use of wild animals in circuses.

      World Trade Organisation (Environmental Incentives)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what assessment she has made of the effects of non-agricultural market access negotiations within the World Trade...

  • Northern Ireland

    • Advertising

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland how much the Department spent on advertising in each of the last five years.

    • Alcohol-related Crime

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland how many people in Northern Ireland have been convicted of crimes in which alcohol has been a contributory factor in each of the last five years.

      Cancer Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland how much money the Government have spent on cancer services in Northern Ireland in each of the past five years.

      CCTV

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland how many CCTV cameras he estimates are operating on streets in Northern Ireland; and how many towns are covered by CCTV.

      CCTV

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what estimate he has made of the number of CCTV cameras in operation in Belfast city centre.

      Child Protection

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland if he will ensure (a) that the new child care protection legislation will contain the elements which were to be part of a Northern Ireland...

      Disability Living Allowance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland how many pensioners in East Belfast constituency are in receipt of disability living allowance, broken down by (a) care and (b) mobility components.

      Domestic Violence

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland how many people have been convicted of domestic violence offences in Northern Ireland in each of the last 10 years.

      Energy Suppliers (Customer Advice)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what procedures are in place to monitor the quality of advice provided by energy suppliers to their domestic customers; what formal...

      Fire Officers (Assaults)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland how many fire officers have been hospitalised as a result of being assaulted while on duty during the past 12 months.

      Heart By-pass Operations

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland how many heart by-pass operations were carried out in NHS hospitals in Northern Ireland in each year since 1995.

      Homelessness

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland how many people in Northern Ireland are classified as homeless.

      Homelessness

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland how many people in Upper Bann are officially classified as homeless.

      Homosexuals (Assaults)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what estimate he has made of the number of attacks on homosexuals in Northern Ireland that were perpetrated by other homosexuals in each of the...

      Hospital Chaplaincies

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland how members of churches other than the four main churches are provided for by way of hospital chaplaincies at each hospital in Northern Ireland.

      Hospitals (Alcohol-related Conditions)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland how many people were treated by accident and emergency departments in Northern Ireland hospitals for alcohol-related conditions and injuries in...

      Hospitals (Assaults)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland how many hospital staff in Northern Ireland have been hospitalised as a result of assault while on duty during the past 12 months.

      Hospitals (Assaults)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland how many accident and emergency hospital staff in Northern Ireland have been the victims of assault while on duty during the past 12 months.

      Hospitals (Complaints)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland how many complaints have been made about the quality of care and treatment in hospitals in Northern Ireland in the last five years, broken down...

      Housing Executive

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what the funding to the Housing Executive for Northern Ireland has been in each of the last 10 years, broken down by region.

      Human Rights Commission

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what criteria were applied in the selection of members of the Human Rights Commission in Northern Ireland.

      Human Rights Commission

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what the (a) community, (b) religious and (c) political background is of the new appointees to the Human Rights Commission in Northern Ireland.

      Human Rights Commission

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland how many people appointed to the Northern Ireland Human Rights Commission have declared their membership of (a) the Communist party, (b) the...

      Lifeguards

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland which local government councils employ lifeguards along the coastline in their borough or district; and how many lifeguards are employed in each.

      Mental Health Consultants

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what the average length of time was for a person referred to a mental health consultant to be seen by that consultant in Northern Ireland in the...

      Motoring Offences

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland how many people in Northern Ireland have been convicted for (a) careless driving and (b) motoring offences that resulted in a fatality in each...

      Myeloma

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland whether approval is pending for Velcade treatment for people with myeloma; and if he will make a statement on available treatments in Northern...

      Parliamentarians (State Benefits)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what state benefits have been received by each of the Sinn Fein (a) members of the Legislative Assembly, (b) Members of Parliament and (c)...

      Police

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland how much has been spent using credit cards held by senior police officers in Northern Ireland in each of the last five years.

      Police Service

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland how the Belfast city centre beat arrangement between the Police Service Northern Ireland and Belfast city traders and Chamber of Commerce is...

      Population Statistics

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland how many people over the age of 18 years and below pensionable age there are in each (a) constituency, (b) council area and (c) postcode area in...

      Post-primary Education

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland how much money he has allocated to the Council for Catholic Maintained Schools to undertake a review of post-primary education in the Catholic...

      Premature Baby Units

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland how much funding was allocated to Northern Ireland's premature baby units in each of the last five years; and what plans he has to change such...

      Premature Baby Units

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland how many staff were employed in each premature baby unit in Northern Ireland in each of the past five years, broken down by grade.

      Prosecution Service

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland if he will make a statement on plans for a Public Prosecution Service Office in Derry.

      Public Transport (Violence)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland how many (a) bus drivers and (b) railway employees in Northern Ireland have been the victim of offences of violence in each of the last 10years.

      Racist Attacks

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland how many people in Northern Ireland have been the victim of racist attacks in each of the last 10 years.

      Racist Attacks

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland how many people have been convicted of racially motivated crimes in Northern Ireland in each of the last 10 years.

      Regional Transportation Plan

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what progress the Government have made in the implementation of each category of the Regional Transportation Plan approved by the Northern...

      Residential Homes

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland how many beds for elderly people in residential homes there have been in each year between May 1998 and the latest available date.

      School Bullying

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what statistics schools in Northern Ireland are required to collect on incidents of bullying.

      School Bullying

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland how many complaints about the handling of incidents of bullying in schools in Northern Ireland have been lodged in each of the last five years.

      Taxi Drivers (Violence)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland how many taxi drivers in Northern Ireland have been the victim of offences of violence in each of the last 10 years.

      Ulster Hospital

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what the bed capacity is of the Ulster hospital.

      Water Rates

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what the conclusions of the Equality Impact Assessment were on the impact of reforming water rates on (a) Protestant areas and (b) middle class...

  • House of Commons Commission

    • Members' Allowances

      To ask the hon. Member for North Devon, representing the House of Commons Commission what consultations the Commission will hold with hon. Members on plans to change hon. Members' stationery and...

    • Security Barriers (Bridge Street)

      To ask the hon. Member for North Devon, representing the House of Commons Commission what consultation took place with Transport for London before the installation of steel security barriers in...

  • Work and Pensions

    • Asbestos

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what advice he has received from the Health and Safety Commission concerning the implementation of the asbestos hazard management regulations;...

    • Attendance Allowance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions (1) how much attendance allowance has been withheld from pensioners in self-funded care homes in Scotland since the introduction of free...

      Attendance Allowance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions for what reasons those over the age of 65 require six months of night-time care before they qualify for the higher rate of attendance allowance.

      Benefit Cut-off

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how much people with disabilities are allowed to earn before their benefits are affected; and if he will make a statement.

      Carers Allowance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many people are in receipt of carers allowance in (a) the UK, (b) Scotland and (c) the Lanark and Hamilton East constituency; and if he...

      Carer's Allowance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what research his Department has undertaken to assess the reasons for the difference between the number of people claiming carer's allowance...

      Carer's Allowance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many people his Department estimate have an underlying entitlement to carer's allowance but are ineligible due to (a) overlapping benefit...

      Child Maintenance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what research his Department has (a) commissioned and (b) evaluated on the financial effects on the first family when the non-resident parent...

      Child Support Agency

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what his estimate is of the outstanding stock of Child Support Agency unpaid debts for each reporting period from 2002–03 to...

      Child Support Agency

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions if he will make a statement on progress in resolving the computer problems at the Child Support Agency; and if he will make a statement.

      Child Support Agency

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what his latest estimate is of the backlog of uncleared Child Support Agency cases for (a) each quarter from March 2003 to June 2005 and (b)...

      Child Support Agency

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many cases have been stuck in the new Child Support Agency computer system each month since it was introduced; what the average time taken...

      Child Support Agency

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions if he will introduce a free phone inquiry telephone number for the Child Support Agency.

      Child Support Agency

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many requests to increase staffing levels have been made to each Child Support Agency business unit director, broken down by area; how many...

      Child Support Agency

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions on how many occasions access to the Child Support Agency's computer system by former members of staff has been identified.

      Child Support Agency

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what records he keeps of call backs (a) promised and (b) made by Child Support Agency staff.

      Child Support Agency

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what systems have been established to monitor the quality of Child Support Agency staff responses to telephone calls.

      Child Support Agency

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many (a) serious complaints and (b) complaints about Child Support Agency (CSA) payments have been received by CSA staff in each of the...

      Child Support Agency

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many recipients of child support are in receipt of manual payments as a result of computer failure at the Child Support Agency; and in how...

      Child Support Agency

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions if he will expedite the transfer of the case of Mr. Ronald Ceasar (ref: PCU/145410/KH/MC) to the new system of Child Support Agency payments.

      Child Support Agency

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what the average cost per case is of a Child Support Agency case processed under the (a) new scheme on the new computer system, (b) new scheme...

      Correspondence

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions when the chief executive of the Child Support Agency will reply to the letter of the right hon. Member for Birkenhead of 23 June, regarding his...

      Correspondence

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions if he will direct the disability and carers service to provide a substantive response to the letters of the hon. Member for Manchester Central...

      Csa

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many houses are subject to a Child Support Agency Inhibition Order; and of these how many are (a) fully and (b) partially owned by a person...

      Departmental Expenditure

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what the budget of his Department was for press and communications for (a) 1997–98, (b) 2003–04 and (c) 2004–05; what it is...

      Departmental Relocation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many of his Department's posts (a) have been relocated and (b) are under consideration for relocation from London to the deprived areas of...

      Departmental Spending

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what the level of total departmental spending was in each year from 1980–81 to 2004–05; and what the projected figures are for each...

      Departmental Staff

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what the (a) pay scale, (b) turnover in the last period for which figures are available and (c) required level of training is for (i)...

      Disability Allowance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions if he will take steps to increase the amount of money that people with disabilities are allowed to earn before their benefits are affected; and...

      Disability and Careers Service

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions if he will list the courses the Disability and Careers Service offers to employees based on (a) gender, (b) ethnic origin, (c) sexuality and...

      Disability Living Allowance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions (1) if he will meet the Director of Life Ability Community to discuss the production of a visual impairment specific disability living...

      Disability Living Allowance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many people are receiving disability living allowance; and how many are in Pembrokeshire.

      Disability Living Allowance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions pursuant to the answer of 4 July 2005, Official Report, column 69W, on disability living allowance, whether actions taken by his Department or...

      Disability Rights Commission

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many charges of (a) racial discrimination, (b) sexual discrimination, (c) disability discrimination and (d) a combination of the above have...

      Disabled People (Employer Insurance)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions (1) if he will assess the merits of providing financial assistance to companies that incur additional insurance costs because they employ...

      Eds

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what changes have been agreed in relation to the (a) accuracy and (b) quality of data and management information supplied by EDS in response to...

      Employers' Liability Insurance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what recent representations he has received concerning employers' liability insurance.

      English Wine

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions if he will ensure that English wine is made available at dinners, receptions and parties he hosts at which hospitality involving wine is...

      Group 4

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how much was spent by his Department and public bodies and agencies for which he is responsible on security contracts with Group 4 Securicor in...

      Home Responsibilities Protection Scheme

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many carers in (a) Scotland and (b) the Lanark and Hamilton East constituency have participated in the Home Responsibilities Protection...

      Honours

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many officials currently in the Department received honours in the recent Queen's Birthday Honours List; and at what rank of honour.

      Housing Benefit

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions (1) how many people have used the rapid claims procedure for housing benefit in each year since its introduction, broken down by region; (2)...

      Housing Benefit

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many housing benefit claims were outstanding on average in each year since 1997, broken down by region.

      Housing Benefit

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many landlords renting accommodation to housing benefit recipients were prosecuted for breaching environmental standards in each year since...

      Housing Benefit

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what the cost of administering housing benefit was in each year since 1997.

      Health and Safety Executive

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions if he will make a statement on the Health and Safety Executive campaign Government Setting an Example.

      Incapacity Benefit

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions (1) what estimate the Government have made of the (a) prevalence and (b) value of incapacity benefit fraud among those benefit recipients who...

      Incapacity Benefit

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many people living abroad are receiving incapacity benefit; and if he will make a statement.

      Incapacity Benefit

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many incapacity benefits claimants there are in each local authority area; and what proportion of the working age population they represent.

      Incapacity Benefit

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what the projected numbers of people on incapacity benefit are for (a) 2010–11, (b) 2020–21, (c) 2030–31, (d) 2040–41...

      Incapacity Benefit

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions whether there is an established mechanism by which the view of disabled people on the proposed incapacity benefit reforms are taken in to...

      Incapacity Benefit

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions (1) what plans he has to (a) pilot and (b) evaluate the effects of benefit sanctions within incapacity benefit; and what research he has...

      Incapacity Benefit

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what his estimate is of the proportion of incapacity benefit claimants in the UK who were aged over (a) 40, (b) 50, (c) 55, (d) 60 and (e) 65...

      Internal Audit Recommendations

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions if he will place in the Library internal audit recommendations made in the last four years for (a) Jobcentre Plus, (b) the Pension Service and...

      Local Housing Allowance Scheme

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what the most recent average waiting time for a new claim to be assessed under the Local Housing Allowance scheme is in each of the original...

      Jobcentre Plus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many Jobcentre Plus offices there are in Coventry.

      Management Consultants

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what estimate he has made of the total expenditure saved in each of the last three years as a result of implementing recommendations by...

      Maternity Pay

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions (1) how much employers spent in (a) the UK and (b) Scotland on statutory maternity pay in (i) 2002, (ii) 2003, (iii) 2004 and (iv) 2005; and...

      Maternity Pay

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many women in Scotland received maternity payments in (a) 2003, (b) 2004 and (c) 2005; and if he will make a statement.

      Maternity Pay

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions (1) when he expects the review of eligibility for earnings disregards under maternity allowance and statutory maternity pay to be completed;...

      Ministerial Taskforce for Health, Safety and Productivity

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions when the Ministerial Taskforce for Health, Safety and Productivity last met; and what progress it has made in reducing days lost through...

      New Deal

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many people have started on a new deal scheme more than once.

      Parliamentary Questions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions when he will reply to question reference 7079 from the hon. Member for Sutton and Cheam.

      Part-time Study Rules

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions whether young homeless people will be allowed to take part in the pilot scheme allowing low-skills benefits claimants in England to take up...

      Pathways Programme

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions if he will make a statement on the effectiveness of the Pathways programme since its introduction in (a) helping people on incapacity benefit...

      Pathways Programme

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions when he plans to roll out Pathways to Work across the UK; and what the planned expenditure on Pathways to Work is in (a) 2005–06, (b)...

      Pension Credit

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions (1) what his latest estimate is of the number of pensioners who are not claiming pension credits to which they are entitled; (2) what his...

      Pension Credit

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions which categories of benefits are disregarded in assessing income for the purposes of calculating the pension credit.

      Pension Credit

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many and what percentage of pensioner households in Scotland are in receipt of pension credit.

      Pension Credit

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many pensioners there were in the Stroud constituency in the last year for which figures are available; and how many were in receipt of...

      Pension Rights

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what his latest estimate is of the number of occupational pension scheme members who are facing losses to their pension savings due to their...

      Pension Service

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what the average response time is to queries submitted to the Pension Service Retirement Pension Forecasting Team; and if he will make a statement.

      Pension Service

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many full-time equivalent helpline staff are employed by the Pension Service.

      Pensions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what estimate he has made of how many people in employment in the UK have no pension provision.

      Pensions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what proportion of active stakeholder pensions receive employer contributions.

      Pensions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions if he will estimate the net public expenditure cost, after allowing for pension credit and tax income, of the basic state pension in 2026 if...

      Departmental Cost Savings

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what value for money procurement savings were identified and what reduction in civil service posts occurred in his Department in 2004–05.

      Sign Language and Lip-speakers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many (a) sign language interpreters and (b) lip-speakers were (i) in training, (ii)employed and (iii) unemployed in the UK in each year...

      Sign Language and Lip-speakers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions if he will take steps to implement the Council of Europe's Parliamentary Assembly's recommendation on the protection of sign languages.

      Simone Hampshire

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions (1) how much time elapsed between agreement by the Child Support Agency of the payments to Simone Hampshire, a constituent of the hon. Member...

      Tax Credits

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions if he will make a statement on the new tax credits system developed by Affinity for his Department; how it interfaces with the main tax credit...

      Teenage Pregnancy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what steps are being taken through the tax and benefits system to tackle teenage pregnancy and to encourage responsible parenting in Kettering.

  • Treasury

    • Alcohol-related Deaths

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many deaths in which the primary cause was alcohol there were in Milton Keynes in each of the last five years.

    • Animal Feed Imports

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer if he will ensure compensation is paid to UK farmers, food manufacturers and their insurers if UK port authorities fail to detect contaminated animal feed...

      Correspondence

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many letters to his Department from hon. Members in Session (a) 2004–05 and (b) 2005–06 remain unanswered, broken down by those which are...

      Correspondence

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what estimate he has made of the take-up rate of the (a) child element of child tax credit, (b) family element of child tax credit and (c) child care tax...

      Council Tax

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what estimate the Valuation Office Agency has made of the number of residential properties in each council tax band in Wales in (a) 2004–05 and (b)...

      Debt Relief

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer (1) to which poor countries the Government's current debt relief programmes apply; (2) what steps he plans to take to ensure (a) that para. 31 of the...

      Fisheries (EU Council Directive)

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer if he will amend Her Majesty's Customs and Excise Notice 263 to take account of the terms of EU Council Directive 2003/96/EC.

      Lorry Road User Charge Division

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer whether it is his intention to redeploy the HM Revenue and Customs Lorry Road User Charge division; and if he will make a statement.

      Money Laundering

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many people who had their application to open a bank account declined on the basis that they represented a risk of money laundering were subsequently...

      National Statistics

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many people worked in (a) inner London and (b) Greater London in each year since 1975.

      Pension Credit

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many people in each ward of Newport, East claim pension credit.

      Red Diesel

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer if he will make a statement on progress on achieving a further derogation from EU law for marine operators who use red diesel.

      Red Diesel

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer whether he plans to renew the derogation from EU Directive 2003/96/EC which allows red diesel to be taxed at a lower rate for private recreational marine...

      Tax Credits

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many requests for reconsideration of recovery of overpaid tax credits were received in total by (a) December 2004, (b) March 2005, (c) April 2005, (d)...

      Tax Credits

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many (a) tax credit cases and (b) amendments to tax credit cases were calculated clerically in (i) 2003–04 and (ii) 2004–05.

      Tax Credits

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many tax credit claimants have had direct payments of tax credits interrupted by the problem affecting the system for making direct payments of tax...

      Tax Credits

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what discussions he has had with (a) Ministers and (b) officials from the Department of Health to discuss the impact of the tax credit system on social workers.

      Tax Credits

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer (1) what the largest number of adults residing in a single household in receipt of tax credits was in 2004–05; (2) what the largest annual income...

      Tax Credits

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many households containing higher rate income taxpayers were in receipt of tax credits in 2004–05.

      Tax Credits

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what projections he made prior to the launch of the child tax credit and the working tax credit of the number of awards in 2003–04 that would involve...

      Tax Credits

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what revisions he has made to the projection in his Department's spring Departmental Report that 97.1 per cent. of new claims, renewals and changes of...

      Tax Credits

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many tax credit awards were reduced in response to an alleged overpayment and subsequently discovered not to have been overpaid in (a) 2003–04 and...

      Tax Credits

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what the (a) number and (b) value of additional hardship tax credit payments made to tax credit claimants has been since their inception.

      Tax Credits

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many (a) complaints, (b) disputed overpayments and (c) appeals against Inland Revenue decisions are registered with the tax credits office.

      Tax Credits

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer when he was advised on the legal opinion of Richard Drabble QC on the practice of automatic recovery of overpaid tax credits; when he asked his Department's...

      Tax Returns (MPs)

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer for what reasons hon. Members are not able to file their tax returns via the internet.

  • Education and Skills

    • Adult Education Colleges

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills (1) what criteria were used for distributing funds to adult education colleges in 2004–05; (2) whether she plans to change the (a)...

    • Apprenticeships

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills if she will list the (a) companies in receipt of funds from the Learning and Skills Council for participating in the Apprenticeship scheme...

      Bullying

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills how many incidents of bullying of children have been reported in (a) Essex and (b) the Metropolitan Police area of London (i) at primary...

      Children's Academic Achievement

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what research she has evaluated on whether there is a relationship between the number of hours spent watching television and children's...

      Classroom Behaviour

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what assistance her Department (a) is giving and (b) plans to give during the next 12months to schools in Southend to promote good behaviour...

      Deprived Children

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what estimate she has made of the percentage of children classed as deprived using the index of multiple deprivation who do not attend school.

      Drinking Water

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills (1) what assessment her Department has made of the health benefits to pupils and staff of providing fresh drinking water throughout the...

      Drinking Water

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what steps her Department plans to take to ensure that local education authorities and individual schools raise the standard of their...

      Drinking Water

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what additional funding is available to schools unable to refurbish or upgrade drinking water facilities due to lack of resources.

      Education Funding

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what the total recurrent funding per pupil was for each local education authority for years 1998–99 to 2005–06 in 2005–06...

      Education Funding

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills how much funding has been (a) spent on and (b) committed to education schemes within each growth area.

      Education (Milton Keynes)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills how many children of school age in Milton Keynes are not attending either a state or independent school.

      Education (Milton Keynes)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills how many (a) full-time teachers, (b) full-time equivalent teachers and (c) full-time equivalent teaching assistants there were in Milton...

      Emergency Contraception

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills (1) what measures are in place to ensure that girls aged under 16 years are properly supervised when taking emergency contraception (2)...

      Employer Training

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills (1) what proportion of the employer training pilots were delivered successfully by the (a) private and (b) public sectors; (2) whether...

      Language Learning

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills how many primary schools in Southend offered language learning opportunities in each of the last five years; and in which languages.

      Management Consultants

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what her Department's total spending on management consultants has been in each of the last three years.

      Mathematics

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills pursuant to the answer of 11 July 2005, Official Report, column 841W, on mathematics, how many pupils sat GCSE AS level examinations in...

      Mathematics

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills pursuant to the answer of 4 July 2005, Official Report, column 175W, on approved qualifications, how many pupils were entered for each Level...

      Mathematics

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills how many mathematics graduates entered the teaching profession in each year since 1975; and how many left in the same period.

      Protected Teacher Preparation Time

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills (1) what representation her Department has received about the adequacy of the resources allocated to implement the requirements for...

      Pupil Exclusions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills how many permanent and fixed exclusions were made from pupil referral units in each local education authority for (a) 2001–02, (b)...

      School Building Maintenance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what estimate has been made of the requirement for school building maintenance for (a) primary, (b) secondary and (c) other schools in North...

      Secondary School Places

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills how many places were available in (a) wholly selective and (b) partially selective secondary schools in England in each year since 1997; and...

      Television

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what assessment she has made of the impact of excessive television watching on children's learning progress; and what representations she...

  • International Development

    • Sudan

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development whether the G8 countries have reached agreement on the prosecution of war criminals from Darfur by the International Criminal Court.

  • Cabinet Office

    • GM Crops

      To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster what contingency plans the Government have in place to deal with contamination, either by accident or by terrorist action, of imported food and...

  • Leader of the House

    • Correspondence

      To ask the Leader of the House how many letters to his Office from hon. Members in session (a) 2004–05 and (b) 2005–06 remain unanswered, broken down by those which are (i) one month...

    • Parliamentary Questions

      To ask the Leader of the House if he will make representations to the Procedure Committee to examine changing the rules of the House to allow written parliamentary questions to be tabled and...

      Parliamentary Questions

      To ask the Leader of the House what systems his Office has put in place to monitor the length of time taken by each Government Department to answer individual parliamentary questions.

  • Culture Media and Sport

    • Advertising Costs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport how much the (a) Department and (b) non-departmental bodies for which the Department is responsible has spent on advertising, broken...

    • Audio Recordings

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what plans she has to increase the duration of copyright on audio recordings to 100 years; and if she will make a statement.

      Awards for All Grants

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport which community organisations in Paisley and Renfrewshire North have received awards for all grants since 1999.

      BBC

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what recent representations she has received about effects on the coverage of parliamentary affairs of changes in job numbers at the BBC.

      Best Practice Guidance for Tourism

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what representations she has received from industry on the draft best practice guidance for tourism.

      Bike Trails

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what steps her Department is taking to encourage tourists to visit mountain bike trail sites.

      Canoeing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what steps she is taking to promote the sport of canoeing in England and Wales.

      Casinos

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what assessment she has made of the merits of including the north east of England in the regional casino pilot study.

      Casinos

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport when she expects to decide on the location of the regional casino pilot; and what the relationship is between the regional spatial...

      Casinos

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what research her Department has conducted on the regeneration impact of regional casinos; and what assessment she has made of in which...

      Casinos

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what issues she will consider when making her assessment of the regional casino pilot.

      Casinos

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what assessment she has made of the range of different types of location of casinos that need to be considered in undertaking a trial of...

      Casinos

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what discussions she has held with the Gambling Commission concerning the Commission's duty to advise the Government on the effect on...

      Casinos

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what the evidential basis is for her policy of testing the regional casino idea with a single pilot study.

      Correspondence

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what her Department's policy is for dealing with and responding to correspondence received in (a) Welsh, (b) Scots Gaelic and (c) Irish...

      Departmental Expenditure

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport how much the Department spent on advertising in each of the last five years.

      Departmental Expenditure

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport how much the Department spent on organising or sponsoring conferences in each of the last five years.

      Digital Broadcasting

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what consultations she has had with landlords in Devon and Cornwall regarding the provision of digital transmission for tenants living...

      Digital Broadcasting

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what steps will be taken to ensure that the elderly and housebound in Devon and Cornwall have the opportunity to acquire a digital tuner...

      Identity Cards

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what recent assessment she has made of the implications of the introduction of identity cards for her Department.

      Licensed Premises

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport if she will estimate the number of (a) licensed premises and (b) licensed premises serving food in each local authority area.

      Licensing Qualifications

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what criteria were used in determining the matters to be included in the (a) GOAL and (b) GQAL licensing qualifications approved by her...

      Olympic Games

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport if she will establish principles of sustainability for the Olympic games 2012; and if she will take steps to ensure maximum use is made...

      Olympic Games

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport if she will make it a requirement that all buildings constructed for the Olympic games in 2012 should be self-sufficient in energy use.

      Olympic Games

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport if she will highlight the city of St.Albans in promotional literature for visitors to the 2012 Olympic games.

      Olympic Games

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what benefits she expects to accrue to East Yorkshire as a result of the Olympic games being held in London.

      Olympic Games

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport whether the ban on pistol shooting will be lifted to allow the UK Olympic pistol shooting teams to practice in the UK; and if she will...

      Management Consultants

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what her Department's total spending on management consultants has been in each of the last three years.

      Management Consultants

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what estimate she has made of the total expenditure saved in each of the last three years as a result of implementing recommendations by...

      Media Literacy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport whether her Department has a media literacy development strategy; and if she will make a statement.

      Media Literacy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport how her Department defines media literacy.

      Ministerial Engagements

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what plans she has to visit Highland games events in 2005; and if she will make a statement.

      National Lottery

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport (1) how many members of the public her Department consulted on the proposed changes to the national lottery; (2) what the total...

      National Lottery

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what discussions she has had with the Big Lottery Fund regarding the future of other lottery distributors.

      National Lottery

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what discussions she has had with the Big Lottery Fund regarding the future classification of lottery good causes after 2009.

      National Lottery

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport when she plans to launch the consultation on lottery distributor licences after 2009.

      National Lottery

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport how many full–time equivalent employees worked for the National Lottery Commission in each year since it was established.

      National Lottery

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what the annual budget has been for the National Lottery Commission for each year since it was established.

      National Lottery

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport whether companies based outside the EU will be allowed to tender for the third licence to operate the national lottery; what safeguards...

      National Lottery

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what meetings she has held with the National Lottery Commission to discuss the responses to the consultation document A Lottery for the...

      National Lottery

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport how many responses the National Lottery Commission received to its consultation document A Lottery for the future"; and when those...

      National Lottery

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport how many times the National Lottery Commission (NLC) has (a) investigated section 6 breaches by Camelot and (b) fined Camelot for...

      National Lottery

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what representations the National Lottery Commission has received from organisations representing lottery ticket sellers about a...

      Ofcom

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport if she will make a statement on the relationship between her Department and Ofcom.

      Ofcom

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what process is used to audit the financial performance of Ofcom.

      Press Officers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport how many press officers the Department employed in each year since 1997; and what the cost was in each year.

      Rivers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what recent discussions she has had with (a) the British Canoe Union and (b) others on improving the accessibility of rivers in England...

      South Bank Centre

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport if she will request the resignation of Lord Hollick as chair of the South Bank Centre.

      South Bank Centre

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what discussions she has had with the Prime Minister concerning the future of the London Eye; and what assessment she has made of the...

      South Bank Centre

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport when she expects the lease dispute between the South Bank Centre and the London Eye to be resolved.

      South Bank Centre

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport if she will make a statement on progress with the negotiations between the South Bank Centre and the London Eye.

      South Bank Centre

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport on what dates she has had discussions with Lord Hollick, chair of the South Bank Centre, about the London Eye; what the substance of...

      Television Licences

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport how much has been spent on advertising on television warning against the failure to hold a current television licence in the last five years.

      Television Licences

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport how many people in Paisley and Renfrewshire North were found by TV Licensing not to have a current television licence in 2004.

      Television Licences

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport how many people are employed by TV Licensing in Scotland.

      Television Licences

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport how much has been spent on advertising on commercial radio to publicise the need to hold a current television licence in each of the...

      Television Licences

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport how many people in Midlothian were found by TV Licensing not to have a current television licence in 2004.

      Wine Tasting Clubs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what representations she has received on the applications of the Licensing Act 2003 to wine tasting clubs; and if she will make a statement.

  • Deputy Prime Minister

    • Business/Domestic Rates

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister how much revenue has been raised in each business improvement district (BID) from the additional levy on business rates in each year since the operation of each...

    • Business/Domestic Rates

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister what average domestic rate poundage was levied in England in each year from 1979 until the abolition of domestic rates.

      Council Tax

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister what were the (a) average (i) B and (ii) D council tax in England and (b) average council tax per dwelling in England were, (A) before capping and (B) after the...

      Councillors (Code of Conduct)

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister when the Standards Board for England will publish a revised code of conduct for councillors.

      Electronic Government Targets

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister how many Implementing Electronic Government targets local authorities must meet in (a) 2004–05 and (b)2005–06.

      English Partnerships (Milton Keynes)

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister how much land English Partnerships owns in the constituency of North East Milton Keynes.

      Fire Service

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister what guidance he has issued to the Fire Service on the safety implications of the use of decorative hops in public houses, in relation to fire inspections...

      Fire Service

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister whether Quedegely will be one of the candidates for the new Regional Fire Centre.

      Fire Service

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister what studies have been undertaken on the number of appliances required by each fire brigade; and who will make decisions on numbers of appliances under the...

      Fire Service

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister how many (a) jobs will be lost and (b) new jobs will be created following the regionalisation of the fire service.

      Fire Service

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister who will determine the numbers of reserve and professional firefighters under the proposed regionalisation of fire control centres.

      Fire Service

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister what the incident response times were at the existing fire control centres in the latest year for which figures are available; what the evidential basis is for...

      Firelink Project

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister if he will publish the representations he has received on the Firelink Project.

      Gore Basin Planning Appeal

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister why the planning inspectorate extended for an unspecified period the deadline for submission by the appellant of an environmental impact assessment in respect of...

      Housing

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister what role his Department plays in releasing former new town landholdings for the development of social housing.

      Local Area Agreements

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister which local authorities have signed local area agreements; and (a) which services and (b) what expenditure are involved in each case.

      Local Government Pensions

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister what the cost will be to local authorities of revoking the changes to the Local Government Pension Scheme outlined in the Local Government Pension Scheme...

      Management Consultancies

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister which five management consultancies received the highest value of contracts awarded by his Department in each of the last three years; and what the total value...

      Parish Councils (Departmental Documentation)

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister how many (a) consultation and (b) advisory documents were sent to parish councils by his Department in each of the last five years.

      Safer Stronger and Communities

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister (1) what (a) the allocation from the Safer Stronger Communities Fund and (b) the population is for (i)Wear Valley, (ii) Westminster, (iii) Wigan and (iv)Wirral...

      Sustainable Communities

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister what discussions his Department has had with the Treasury on securing developer contributions to fund key infrastructure for the sustainable communities growth...

      Sustainable Communities

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister with which bodies in Milton Keynes he has discussed his Department's plans for sustainable communities.

      Telecommunications Masts

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister (1) whether Government guidance requires consideration of the cumulative impact of a number of masts in close proximity on the (a) environment and (b) health of...

      Work-related Stress

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister how many cases of work-related stress have been reported in his Department in each of the last three years; how much compensation was paid to employees in each...

  • Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs

    • Al-Qaeda

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what assessment the Government have made of the stated objectives of al-Qaeda; and if he will make a statement.

    • Ambassadors (Subordinate Staff)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs how many formal grievances made against Her Majesty's Ambassadors by subordinate staff are outstanding; how long each case has...

      Brazil

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what assistance he has offered to President Luiz Inacio Lula de Silva to tackle corruption in Brazil.

      Correspondence

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs how many letters to his Department from hon. Members in session (a)2004-05 and (b) 2005-06 remain unanswered, broken down by...

      Drugs and Crime Fund

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs how much of the UK drugs and crime fund was allocated to activities in (a) Colombia, (b) Jamaica, (c) Iran, (d) Pakistan,...

      English Wine

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs pursuant to the Answer of 11 July 2005, Official Report, column 664W, on the Government wine cellar, what proportion of the...

      European Constitution

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs if he will list meetings at which Ministers from his Department plan to speak on matters relating to the EU Constitution during...

      European Constitution

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs if he will list European Union proposals (a) on which action has been taken in advance of the ratification of the EU...

      Grievance Procedures

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs how much public money has been spent in each of the last five years in settlement of grievance procedures brought against senior...

      Handcuffs (Exports)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs whether end-user checks have taken place of the export of oversized handcuffs from the UK to (a) the United States of America...

      Israel

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs if he will press for Israeli compliance with, and ratification of, the (a)Nuclear Non-proliferation Treaty and (b) Chemical...

      Israel

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what recent assessment he has made of whether Israel possesses a deployable nuclear arsenal; and what recent discussions he has...

      London Bombings

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what discussions his Department has had with the government of Pakistan following the London bombings.

      Middle East

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what discussions he has had in the last six weeks with representatives of the (a) US administration, (b) Russian Government and...

      Non-settlement Visas

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs how many applications for non-settlement visas were (a) received and (b) refused in (i) Bangladesh, (ii) Algeria, (iii)Morocco,...

      Pakistan

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs when the High Commission in Islamabad will accept first time traveller applications from under 25-year-olds.

      Palestine

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs if he will list the (a)organisations and (b) projects operating in (i) Israel and (ii) the Palestinian territories being (A)...

      Security Contracts

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs how much was spent by his Department and public bodies and agencies for which he is responsible on security contracts with Group...

      Sickness Absence

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs how many days the Department has lost due to sickness in the past five years for which figures are available.

      Sir Michael Jay

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs when Sir Michael Jay was asked to adjust his duties in relation to the G8; whether this constituted a formal redeployment; when...

      Sudan

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what representations he has made to the Sudanese authorities on the provisions of the new interim conditions that provide...

      Sudan

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what recent discussions he has had with EU and African counterparts on (a) increasing the size and (b) improving the...

      Sudan

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what meetings he has had with the African Union about monitoring the ongoing ceasefire in Darfur.

      Sudan

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what support the Government are giving to the International Criminal Court chief prosecutor to aid his investigations into human...

      United Nations

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what steps he is taking to improve the governance of the United Nations.

      Visas

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs pursuant to the answer of 22 June 2005, Official Report, column 1083W, on visas, what meetings his Department has held with the...

      Zimbabwe

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what legal advice he has received concerning the UK Government assuming responsibility for the payment to UK citizens of...

      Zimbabwe

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what discussions he has had with representatives of the South African Government regarding the situation in Zimbabwe in the past...

  • Defence

    • Armoured Vehicle Training Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence if he will list the key dates in the Armoured Vehicle Training Services project from prequalification questionnaire to the decision to abandon the project.

    • Arms Sales

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what his policy is in respect of arms sales to Israel.

      Army Applicants

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many applications to join the Army were made in each year since 1998; and how many applicants were successful in each year.

      Asbestos

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence (1) if he will list those of his Department's buildings containing asbestos, which have been demolished, which incorporated or accommodated radar...

      Bowman

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence when Bowman will be fully operational throughout the UK armed forces; and what the (a) overall final cost and (b) cost per unit is expected to be.

      Cadets

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many army cadets units are cap badged (a) Queen's Lancashire Regiment, (b) King's Own Borderers and (c) King's Regiment; and how many went on to join...

      Correspondence

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many letters to his Department from hon. Members in Session (a) 2004–05 and (b) 2005–06 remain unanswered, broken down by those which are...

      Sudan

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many specialist British troops are currently engaged in peacekeeping in Darfur; and how many more he plans to send.

      Defence Supply Chain Review

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence when he will announce the outcome of the Defence Supply Chain Review.

      Defence Test and Evaluation Group

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence whether reversionary departmental freeholds are held by the Defence Test and Evaluation Group (DTEG); to whom DTEG reports; and if he will make a statement.

      Departmental Facilities

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence if he will estimate the economic value to local communities of each of his Department's facilities with staff of over 10 personnel.

      Departmental Work Overview

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence if he will arrange a Tuesday morning briefing by Ministers and senior officials introducing the work of the Department to new hon. Members.

      Equality and Diversity

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how much the Department has spent promoting equality and diversity in each of the last five years for which figures are available.

      Fleet Procurement

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence at what notice each (a) Aircraft Carrier and (b) Landing Platform (helicopter and dock) will be available to the fleet during the next 12 months.

      Freedom of Information

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many Freedom of Information Act 2000 requests have been answered by the Department; and in how many cases (a) information was wholly exempted, (b)...

      Future Rapid Effects System

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what the reasons are for the change in the Future Rapid Effects System vehicle requirement since July 2004; and how these vehicles will be deployed.

      Health and Safety

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what steps are taken to protect the hearing of British servicemen and women in the armed forces during active service.

      Management Consultancies

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence which five management consultancies received the highest value of contracts awarded by his Department in each of the last three years; and what the total...

      Maritime Forces

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence on what date his Department decided to take the risk referred to in para. 2.8 of the National Audit Office report on assessing and reporting military...

      McKinsey and Co.

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many contracts have been awarded to McKinsey and Co. since 1 January 2000; how many and what percentage of contract awards followed a competitive...

      Mental Health

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many people left the (a) Army, (b) Navy and (c) Royal Air Force due to mental health problems in each of the last 10 years.

      Meteorological Office

      To ask the Secretary of State forDefence how many (a) military and (b) civilian weather observation stations and weather centres thereare in the UK, broken down by location; which stations have...

      Military Afloat Reach and Sustainability Project

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence pursuant to the answer of 22 June 2005, Official Report, column 1066, on the Military Afloat Reach and Sustainability project, what the time scale is for...

      Military Afloat Reach and Sustainability Project

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence pursuant to the answer of 22 June 2005, Official Report, column 1066, on the Military Afloat Reach and Sustainability Project, if he will list the...

      Nuclear Deterrent

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence pursuant to his answer of 5 July 2005, Official Report, column 260W, whether the maintenance of nuclear weapons by other countries will be a determining...

      Nuclear Deterrent

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence whether the cost of a future generation nuclear deterrent will fall on (a) the Exchequer, (b) the Defence Budget and (c) the budget of the single service...

      Nuclear Deterrent

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence (1) what discussions (a) he and (b) officials in his Department have had with United States officials regarding the replacement of Trident; whom they...

      Nuclear Deterrent

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence whether the £1,050,000,000 to be spent over the next three years on upgrading facilities for the Atomic Weapons Establishment will be relevant (a)...

      Portsmouth Dockyard

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence if he will make a statement on the future of the PRIME project for developing the dockyard in Portsmouth.

      Royal Navy Vessels

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence if he will list the major Royal Navy vessels available for (a) each standing task and (b) ad hoc tasks.

      Royal Navy Vessels

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what his latest assessment is of the ability of the Fleet to protect itself against (a) missile and (b) aircraft attack.

      Royal Ordnance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence whether his Department uses the Royal Ordnance store in Chorley for holding ordnance.

      Royal Ordnance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence (1) whether the Government will take the date of transfer of the Royal Ordnance Factory Organisation as being the date of sale of that body to British...

      Second World War (60th Anniversary)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what financial support he has provided to the Royal Commonwealth Ex-Services League in relation to the commemoration of the 60th anniversary of the end...

      Ships (Fitted Equipment)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence which of the 65 RN and RFA ships which donated ships' fitted equipment between 1 January 2004 and 31 March 2005 remain unavailable for deployment at sea;...

      Special Advisers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence if he will list (a) the special advisers in his Department, (b) their specific areas of expertise and (c) the total cost of employing them in the latest...

      Submarines (SSBNs)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many warheads are carried by each SSBN on patrol; and if he will make a statement.

      Submarines (SSBNs)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence in which year each (a) SSBN and (b) SSN is due to be decommissioned; and in which year each replacement submarine is due to enter service.

      Submarines (SSBNs)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence by what means UK submarine-building capacity will be maintained after the completion of the order for three Astute-class boats.

      Surface Fleet

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence pursuant to the answer of 28 June 2005, Official Report, column 1400W, on surface fleet, if he will identify each of the 25 destroyers and frigates...

      Territorial Army

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what the strength is of the Territorial Army in (a) Lancashire and (b) Chorley; and how many of these volunteers have served overseas.

      Territorial Army

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many members of the Territorial Army in Scotland are stationed in Iraq.

      Warship Sales

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence if he will list the Royal Navy and Royal Fleet Auxiliary vessels sold to other countries since 1997; and what sums (a) were spent on preparing each of...

      Withdrawn Military Equipment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many aircraft (a) were withdrawn from service in 2004–05 and (b) are planned to be withdrawn from service in 2005–06, broken down by type.

  • Transport

    • A2

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what surveys have been undertaken by his Department in the past year of traffic flows on the A2 through Bexley borough.

    • A2

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what representations he has received concerning the A2 in South London during the past 12 months.

      A419/417 (Resurfacing)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport when the concrete section of the A419/417 Swindon to Gloucester Road will be resurfaced.

      Air Traffic

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport (1) how many scheduled commercial flights to and from (a) Gatwick airport, (b) Luton airport, (c) Southend airport, (d) City of London airport, (e)...

      Air Traffic

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport how many scheduled commercial flights to and from (a) Gatwick airport, (b) Luton airport, (c) Southend airport, (d) City of London airport, (e)...

      Car Clubs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what plans he has to evaluate the effects his Department's report Smarter Choices: Changing the Way we Travel" and Making Smarter Choice Work" and...

      Car Stereos

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport if he will take steps to set a maximum volume level for car stereos.

      Consultants

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what estimate he has made of the total expenditure saved in each of the last three years as a result of implementing recommendations by management...

      Consultants

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what estimate he has made of the costs of consultant fees incurred in connection with the transfer of the Strategic Rail Authority to DfT Rail.

      Container Terminals

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what volume of traffic from new deep sea container terminals is required to be moved by rail; and how many planning applications for new container...

      Crossrail

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what recent research his Department has undertaken into the benefits of Crossrail.

      East London Line

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport (1) what recent discussions he has had with Transport for London about the disruption to passenger servicesas work progresses on the East London line...

      M1

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport for what reasons two cameras have been erected on a gantry overhanging the southbound carriageway of the M1 motorway just south of junction 21; whether...

      M1

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport for what reason a speed limit of 40 mph has been imposed on the M1 motorway north of Junction 20 where roadworks are being carried out.

      M6 (Junction 34)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what his plans are for remodelling and improving safety on junction 34 of the M6 motorway; and what the timescale is for implementation.

      Miss Shriti Vadera

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport if he will list (a) discussions and (b) meetings (i) officials and (ii) Ministers in his Department had with Miss Shriti Vadera during 2001, broken...

      Motoring Offences

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport if he will list the new motoring offences created by legislation sponsored by his Department since 1997.

      Olympic Games

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what the implications are of the successful bid to hold the 2012 Olympic Games in London for the (a) workload and (b) staffing levels of his Department.

      Operation Ariel

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport if he will list each person in his Department involved in Operation Ariel during 2001; if he will list meetings in relation to the project which...

      Policy Costings

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what costings of (a) Liberal Democrat and (b) Conservative party policies his Department has (i) undertaken, (ii) co-ordinated in the previous 12...

      Port Traffic Forecasts

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what the terms of reference are for work to be carried out by consultants on port traffic forecasts and trans-shipment economic implications.

      QinetiQ

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what assessment he has made of the contribution which QinetiQ's scanner technology could make to security on public transport.

      Rail Freight

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what plans he has to encourage the transfer of movements of heavy freight loads from road to rail.

      Rail Freight

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport if he will bring forward proposals for legislation to limit track access charges levied by Network Rail in respect of rail freight.

      Rail Projects

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport how many capital projects in the rail industry worth over £500 million have commenced in London since 1997.

      Rail Safety (Obstacle Detection)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport (1) if he will set out the timetable for the Rail Safety and Standards Board's investigation into obstacle detection technologies; and when it will...

      Rail Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport how many rail passenger journeys were made between Chelmsford and London-Liverpool Street Station in (a) 1997 and (b) the latest year for which figures...

      Rail Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what estimate he has made of the proportion of commuters using London Paddington to Swansea train services since rail privatisation who travel during...

      Railtrack

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport if he will list payments made by his Department to Railtrack in each month between January 2000 and the date of its administration order.

      Railtrack

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what assessment was made by his Department of the West LB bid for Railtrack in April 2002; and if he will make a statement.

      Railtrack

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport if he will list (a) meetings and (b) discussions (i) Ministers and (ii) officials in his Department had with Treasury Ministers and officials during...

      Railways

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what plans he has (a) to reduce overcrowding and (b) to improve punctuality on the East Coast Main Line.

      Railways

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what steps his Department is taking to increase capacity on the East Coast Main Line.

      Railways

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what progress has been made on the planned upgrading of the East Coast Main Line, with particular reference to improved station facilities at Peterborough.

      Railways

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport how much Government subsidy per passenger mile each UK rail franchise received in the period April 2004 to April 2005.

      Railways Act (Closures Manager)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport (1) what the purpose is of the appointment of a closures manager under the Railways Act 2005; and if he will make a statement; (2) what the job...

      Taxis

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport how much the Department has spent on taxis in each of the last five years.

      Transport Schemes

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport how much funding has been (a) spent on and (b) committed to transport schemes within each growth area.

      Tunnel Collapse (Gerrards Cross)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport (1) when he expects normal services to be resumed between High Wycombe and Marylebone Station; (2) when he expects a full report to be made to him...

      Tunnel Collapse (Gerrards Cross)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport (1) what plans he has to investigate the tunnel collapse at Gerrards Cross; and if he will make a statement; (2) what compensation he expects to be...

      Wheel Detachment Incidents

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport (1) how many road fatalities arising from the loss of road wheels from commercial vehicles occurred in each of the last three years; and how many...

  • Health

    • Abortion

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) what recent discussions she has had with the leaders of the medical profession about interpretation by them of section 4 of the Abortion Act 1967;...

    • Abortion

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what assessment she has made of the medical circumstances in which emergency abortions are performed to save the life of the pregnant woman in those cases...

      Abortion

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health whether she is taking steps to reduce the number of abortions in England.

      Abortion

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health when the Government last commissioned research on the safety of the abortion pill mifepristone.

      Abortion

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) if she will seek to establish when and how each of the current methods of abortion used in British hospitals and clinics was developed; and if she...

      Abortion

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what the average cost of performing an abortion was in (a) national health service hospitals and (b) private hospitals, in each of the last three years...

      Abortion

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what her Department's policy on the availability of abortions to girls under the age of 16 without parental knowledge or consent is.

      Agenda for Change

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health whether she has fully funded the NHS for the costs its has incurred from implementing Agenda for Change"; and if she will make a statement.

      Alzheimer's Disease

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what discussions she has had with memory clinics about the impact of withdrawing drug treatments for people with Alzheimer's disease from NHS prescription.

      Alzheimer's Disease

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many memory clinics there are in England; and what assessment she has made of the likely impact on these services if the National Institute for Health...

      Ambulance Service

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) what guidelines have been issued on moving patients with head injuries from Chorley Accident and Emergency to Preston Accident and Emergency by taxi...

      Ambulance Service

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health if she will make a statement on the powers available to her in relation to the operation of ambulance trusts.

      Ambulance Service

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what action she is able to take in relation to failing ambulance services.

      Avian Influenza

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how much money her Department has allocated for the prevention of an epidemic of avian influenza.

      Breast Cancer

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what measures she has put in place to improve the rate of accuracy of general practitioner breast cancer referrals.

      Care Homes

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what steps her Department is taking to act on the recommendations of the recent Office of Fair Trading report into the care home sector.

      Children's Hospices

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) how much her Department has spent on (a) children's hospices and (b) children's palliative care in each of the last five years (i) in real terms and...

      Children's Oral Hygiene

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what plans she has to improve children's oral hygiene; and if she will make a statement.

      Clostridium Difficile

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health when the terms of reference for the Healthcare Commission investigation into Clostridium difficile at Stoke Mandeville hospital, Buckinghamshire hospitals...

      Connecting for Health Smartcards

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health which primary care trusts have issued Connecting for Health smartcards with the same PIN number for every user.

      Continuing Care

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health if she will make a statement on her intention to produce a national approach to continuing care as set out in her Department's press notice of 9 December 2004.

      Counterfeit Medicines

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what assessment she has made of (a) the extent of counterfeiting of medicines in England and (b) the impact of parallel trading on the counterfeiting of...

      Data Collection

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health pursuant to the answer of 12 July 2005, Official Report, column 985W, who is carrying out work on data collection.

      Dentistry

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what percentage of people were registered with an NHS dentist in each primary care trust in London at the end of (a) March 1997, (b) March 2001 and (c)...

      Dentistry

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what the local distance standards for access to NHS dentistry are for each primary care trust; and what (a) maximum and (b) average distance patients in...

      Dentistry

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many calls to NHS Direct about access to an NHS dentist there were in (a) England and (b) each strategic health authority in each month since November...

      Dentistry

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many dentists in Greater London have live personal dentist service contracts; how many dentists in Greater London have applied for personal dentist...

      Dentistry

      To ask the Secretary of State for Healthhow many graduates in dentistry qualified in (a) 2003–04 and (b) 2004–05.

      Dentistry

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many dentists there are in (a) England and (b) each strategic health authority (i) in total and (ii)who are recorded on NHS.UK as accepting new NHS...

      Dentistry

      To ask the Secretary of State for Healthwhich primary care trusts do not comply with (a) clinical and (b) distance standards for providing full access to NHS dentistry.

      Dentistry

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what guidelines have been provided to NHS dentists regarding the cost of dentures.

      Dentistry

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what proportion of children (a) under the age of five years and (b) under the age of 10 years have experienced (i) tooth decay and (ii) one or more...

      Dentistry

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many complaints her Department has received regarding access to dental care since 1997.

      Disability in Unborn Babies

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what guidance her Department issues to women expecting a baby on the definition of disability.

      Doctors

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many (a) junior house officers and (b) senior house officers employed in the most recent year for which figures are available did not receive their...

      Doctors

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what assessment she has made of the likely impact of Article III-379 of the Treaty establishing a Constitution for Europe on the implementation of a...

      Emergency Contraception

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many morning-after pills have been distributed by Oxford Primary Care Trust in each of the last 48 months.

      Emergency Contraception

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how much Oxford Primary Care Trust has spent training pharmacists in the use of the morning-after pill in each of the last five years for which figures...

      Emergency Contraception

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what guidance her Department (a) has issued and (b) plans to issue to (i) general practitioners and (ii)pharmacists regarding the availability of...

      Emergency Contraception

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) what measures are in place to ensure that a woman's medical history is known before she is prescribed the morning-after pill; (2) what follow-up...

      Ethical Recruitment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) how many recruitment agencies have been removed from the list of recruitment agencies complying with the code of practice on international...

      EU Clinical Trials Directive

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what policy considerations underlay the full implementation of the EU Clinical Trials Directive.

      Foetal Viability

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what estimate she has made of the earliest gestational age at which an unborn child may be capable of being born alive.

      Food Supplements Directive

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health for what reasons the Food Supplements Directive wasnot discussed at the Employment, Social Policy, Health and Consumer Affairs Council meeting on 2 and 3 June.

      Foreign Animal Species

      To ask the Secretary of State for Healthhow many cases of illness due to exposure to foreign animal species have been reported in each of the last five years; and what species were involved in...

      General Practitioners

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health pursuant to the answer of 8 June 2005, Official Report, columns 586–87W to the hon. Member for Northavon (Steve Webb) on general practitioner...

      General Practitioners

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health pursuant to the answer of 12 July 2005, Official Report, column 974W, on general practitioner practices, and what the average list size is of general...

      General Practitioners

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many (a) general practitioner surgeries and (b) single-handed general practitioner surgeries there were in each of the last five years for which...

      Genito-urinary Infections

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what estimate she has made of the number of cases of (a) gonorrhoea, (b) Chlamydia and (c) syphilis which were diagnosed in primary care or elsewhere in...

      Graduate Fast-track Medical Places

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many graduate fast track medical places there werein the latest year for which figures are available; how many applicants there were for each place;...

      Health Authorities/Trusts

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health pursuant to the answer of 11 July 2005, reference10011, when her Department ceased to collect information informally on the current financial position of...

      Health Authorities/Trusts

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how much health authorities have spent on the (a) purchase, (b) leasing and (c) refurbishment of new offices in the past two years for which figures are...

      Health Service Job Losses

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) what assessment her Department has made of the planned job losses in Leeds hospitals; and if she will take steps to ensure the standard of health...

      Healthcare Commission Inspection Reports

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what response her Department plans to make to the findings of the local inspection reports published by theHealthcare Commission as part of its review of...

      Herbal Medicinal Products

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) what assessment she has made of the consistency between the proposed implementation of the traditional herbal medicinal products directive and World...

      Hospital Episode Statistics

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what proportion of maternity services comply with the requirement to submit maternity tail data as part of the Hospital Episode Statistics; and what...

      Hospital Infections

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) which infections will be covered by the national code of practice for the prevention of hospital acquired infections; (2) when she expects a...

      Infertility

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what estimate she has made of the number of women in England aged (a) 16 to 24, (b) 25 to 30, (c) 30 to 35, (d) 36 to 40 and (e) over 40 years who were...

      Information Technology (Expenditure)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) what her most recent estimate is of how much was spent by (a) the NHS, (b) each strategic health authority and (c) each NHS trust in England on...

      Mental Health

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health if she will place in the Library copies of the responses to the consultation document on the independent mental capacity advocacy service; and if she will...

      Mental Health

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health when she expects the Race Equality Impact Assessment of the draft Mental Health Bill to be completed.

      Mental Health

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what estimate she has made of the cost of the consultation on the Mental Health Bill carried out in (a) 1998 and (b) January 2004.

      Mental Health

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health if she will list bodies referred to as those with responsibility for protecting the public in paragraph 13 of the introduction to the Government response...

      Mid Essex Hospital Trust PFI

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health when she expects the Mid Essex hospital trust private finance initiative scheme to be approved; and if she will make a statement.

      Ministerial Meetings

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health if she will list the occasions, including the date and place,when (a) officials and (b) Ministers from her Department have attended (i) conferences and...

      New Forest Primary Care Trust

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health if she will investigate (a) the propriety of the decision by New Forest Primary Care Trust (PCT) to reduce the number of options offered for public...

      NHS Charitable Assets Disposal

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what guidance her Department offers to NHS trusts on the disposal of assets provided by charitable and voluntary organisations and individuals in...

      NHS Hospital Cleaning

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what estimate she has made of the total expenditure by NHS hospitals on cleaning in each year since 1997 in each NHS trust.

      NHS Staff

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what progress has been made on meeting the target to reduce the number of incidences of (a) violence against and (b) sickness absence of staff in the NHS...

      NHS Treatment Centres

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what information her Department (a) collects and (b) publishes concerning the operation of (i) directly managed NHS treatment centres and (ii) independent...

      NICE (Drugs Appraisal)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what examples there are of the National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence fast-tracking an appraisal of drugs or treatment.

      Obesity

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health when the obesity care pathway, weight loss guide and obesity toolkit is expected to be published.

      Ovarian Tissue Transplants

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many ovarian tissue transplants there were in each of the last five years; and how many were (a) successful and (b) unsuccessful.

      Overseas Nurses

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health for what reasons the Nursing and Midwifery Council will require nurses from outside the European Economic Area whose first language is English to pass the...

      Palliative Care

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what measures have been taken to improve palliative care in cases of terminal illness.

      Patient Forums

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) what contribution she expects patient and public involvement forums to make to developing health policy; and if she will make a statement; (2) what...

      Patient Transfers (Escorts)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what assessment she has made of the risks of transferring unaccompanied patients between accident and emergency units by taxi in the absence of available...

      Primary Care

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what information is provided by primary care trusts to her Department for the (a) Primary Care Access Survey and (b) Service and Financial Framework, as...

      Private Health Care

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) pursuant to the answer of 4 July 2005, Official Report, columns 226–27W, on private diagnostic and treatment centres, if she will list the...

      Private Sector General Medical Practitioners

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health whether her Department keeps a list of private sector general medical practitioners practising in the UK.

      Public Interest Disclosure Act

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what facilities are in place to ensure that her Department adheres to its obligations under the Public Interest Disclosure Act 1998.

      Recruitment Agencies

      To ask the Secretary of State for Healthwhether she has issued a direction banning the NHS from using recruitment agencies which have not signed up to the code of practice on international...

      Recruitment Agencies

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what measures can be taken to sanction (a) NHS organisations and (b) independent sector providers who use recruitment agencies which are not included on...

      Scanning Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health pursuant to the answer of 7 July 2005, Official Report, columns 583–84W on scanning services, what the evidential basis was for the calculation of...

      Scanning Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what mechanisms her Department will use to determine whether Alliance Medical has increased clinical capacity in the number of MRI scans carried out.

      Scanning Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what the impact has been on the working practices of staff at the University Hospital North Durham of the mobile scanning unit provided by Alliance Medical.

      Scanning Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health pursuant to the answer of 4 July 2005, Official Report, column 201W, on Alliance Medical, on what basis her Department concluded that Alliance Medical...

      Scanning Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many staff are employed to provide diagnostic scanning services at the University Hospital North Durham.

      Scanning Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health by how much the scanning services provided by Alliance Medical have reduced the average waiting time for scans in the County Durham and Tees Valley...

      Scanning Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) when the annual review of Alliance Medical's contract to provide diagnostic scanning services to the NHS will take place; (2) if she will publish...

      Scanning Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) how many residents of Craighead have had scans carried out by Alliance Medical; (2) how many residents of Pelton have had scans carried out by...

      Scanning Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) what systems are in place to ensure Alliance Medical provide the number of scans which their contract stipulates; (2) pursuant to the answer of 5...

      Scanning Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health for what reasons the value of Alliance Medical's contract to provide scanning services in the NHS is considered commercially sensitive.

      Simvastatin

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) what proportion of respondents to the Medicines and Healthcare Products Regulatory Agency consultation exercise regarding the recent proposal to...

      Supervised Practice Placements

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many supervised practice placements for nurses have been offered within the NHS in each year since 1997; and what plans she has to increase the number...

      Waiting Lists/Times

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what the average waiting time for accident and emergency cases in hospitals was in each year since 1990.

  • Home Department

    • African Child Immigrants

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many children from Angola entering the UK have been returned to Angola in each of the last five years.

    • African Child Immigrants

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many people have been prosecuted in England and Wales for (a) murder of, (b) manslaughter of and (c) cruelty to children in the UK who...

      Amyl Nitrates

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what plans the Department has to prohibit the sale of amyl nitrates in nightclubs.

      Assaults (Race/Religion)

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what research he has evaluated on trends in the number of people attacked for (a) religious and (b) racial reasons; and if he will make a...

      Asylum Seekers

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what criteria are used to decide whether an asylum seeker or immigration detainee in Northern Ireland is (a) granted temporary admission to...

      Asylum Seekers

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what criteria are used to decide whether a Northern Ireland based (a) asylum seeker and (b) other immigration detainee should be detained in...

      Bridleways

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many arrests have been made for the illegal use of off-road vehicles on bridleways in the last five years.

      Bus Drivers (Offences)

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many bus drivers in Sheffield, Hallam were charged with (a) drink driving, (b) speeding and (c) operating a mobile phone in each of the...

      Child Abuse

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what progress has been made by the Criminal Cases Review Commission and the Historical Abuse Appeal Panel on abuse cases; and if he will make...

      Child Curfew Orders

      To ask the Secretary of State for theHome Department how many child curfew orders have been issued in (a) Guildford, (b) Waverley and (c) Surrey in each year since their creation.

      Community Development Foundation

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how much in expenses has been claimed by each member of the Community Development Foundation trustees since each was appointed.

      Community Sentences

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what percentage of (a) community rehabilitation orders, (b) community punishment orders and (c) drug treatment and testing orders were...

      Community Sentences

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what percentage of female offenders have not completed community sentences in each year since 1997.

      Computer Equipment

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how much the Department spent on (a) mobile phones, (b) laptop computers and (c) palmtop computers, in each year since 1997.

      Control Orders

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what arrangements are in place to inform local social services when a control order is imposed on an individual.

      Credit Card Fraud

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what assessment has been made of the impact on fraud levels of the Chip and PIN programme since its introduction.

      Dangerous and Severe Personality Disorder Project

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many places he has delivered in the Dangerous and Severe Personality Disorder project.

      David Rayan Ellis

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department when the application for a spouse visa for David Rayan Ellis, Immigration and Nationality Directorate ref: LR1883010136/1 submitted in...

      Disability

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how the (a) Disability Discrimination Act 1975 and (b) Disability Equality Duty will be applied to (i) prisons and (ii) probations services...

      Disability

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department (1) how many individuals in prison in England and Wales have a disability; (2) what facilities are available in prisons in England and...

      Driving (Mobile Phone Use)

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department (1) how many drivers in London have received penalties for use of a hand-held mobile phone while driving; and how many drivers have been...

      Drug Rehabilitation

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what assessment he has made of the impact on levels of crime in Leeds of the increase in drug rehabilitation services within the area since 2001.

      Drugs Act

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what assessment he has made of the compatibility of section 21 of the Drugs Act 2005 with European Union treaties in relation to free trade...

      Emergency Workers

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department if he will assess the merits of introducing legislation similar to the Emergency Workers (Scotland) Act 2005 in England and Wales.

      Extradition

      To ask the Secretary of State forthe Home Department how many US citizens have been extradited to the UK under the Extradition Act 2003.

      Extradition

      To ask the Secretary of State for theHome Department how many extradition requests have been made under the terms of the Extradition Act 2003.

      Extradition

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many extradition requests have been received under the terms of the Extradition Act 2003.

      Freemasons

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department (1) what measures have been taken to encourage the declaration of membership of a masonic lodge among the police and the judiciary; (2)...

      Identity Cards

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what estimate he has made of the number of existing facial images in police force databases which will be transferred into the Facial Images...

      Identity Cards

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what advice his Department has received from (a) the Government Chief Information Officer and (b) the e-Government Unit on the identity cards...

      Illegal Drugs

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what changes have taken place in the prevalence of the consumption of (a) heroin, (b) cocaine and (c) cannabis in each year since 1998.

      Illegal Immigrants

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what steps the Government are taking to ensure that illegal immigrants are returned to their country of origin.

      Illegal Immigrants

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how much is being spent to combat illegal immigration at Tilbury Docks.

      Illegal Immigrants

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what estimate he has made of the cost to public funds in a year of illegal immigrants residing in the UK.

      InnerChange Prison Programme

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what assessment he has made of the effectiveness of the InnerChange prison programme at HMP Dartmoor.

      Juvenile Offenders

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department (1) how many young people of school age have been found guilty of committing a crime in (a) Southend constituency, (b) Essex, (c) Greater...

      Management Consultancies

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department which five management consultancies received the highest value of contracts awarded by his Department in each of the last three years; and...

      National Probation Directorate (Risk Assessment)

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department whether the risk assessment commissioned by the National Probation Directorate in March concluded (a) that the risk of a loss of key skills...

      Offender Registration

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department when he expects the Vicious and Sex Offenders Register to be completed; what the budget for the project was; and what the cost so far has been.

      Passports

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many passports and documents handed in have been lost after being deposited at the Immigration and Nationality Directorate in each of the...

      Pastor Danny Nalliah

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department whether any member of his Department met Pastor Danny Nalliah during his recent visit to the UK.

      Police

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what the average age of police (a) constables, (b) sergeants, (c) inspectors, (d) chief inspectors, (d) superintendents and (e) chief...

      Police

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what criteria were used to determine the membership of police authorities; what guidance has been issued on composition; and if he will...

      Police

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many police officers are employed on anti-terrorist activities; and if he will make a statement.

      Police

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what the total establishment is of (a) police officers and (b) community police officers; and how many Muslims are serving in each category.

      Police

      To ask the Secretary of State for theHome Department what recent discussions he has had with the (a) Chief Constable and (b) police authority in Milton Keynes regarding structural re-organisation.

      Police

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what percentage of police time was spent on front line policing in 2004–05.

      Pre-sentence Reports

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what procedures are followed during the period between convictions and sentencing when a judge requests a pre-sentence report; how that...

      Prisons/Prisoners

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what the projected size of the prison case load is for financial years (a) 2005–06, (b) 2006–07, (c) 2007–08 and (d)...

      Prisons/Prisoners

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department (1) what educational opportunities are available to prisoners sentenced to three months imprisonment or less; (2) what plans he has to...

      Prisons/Prisoners

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what the average cost of a place in each prison in (a) the Prison Estate and (b) privately run establishments in the last 12 months was; and...

      Prisons/Prisoners

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many juvenile offenders are held in (a) young offenders institutions and (b) elsewhere within the Prison Estate; and if he will make a...

      Prisons/Prisoners

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many out-of-cell hours prisoners in each prison are permitted.

      Prisons/Prisoners

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how long each prison governor as at 1 June had served (a) as a prison officer and (b) as a governor; who the governor of each prison is; how...

      Prisons/Prisoners

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what the (a) running cost of each establishment in the Prison Service and (b) average number of people held at that establishment was in the...

      Prisons/Prisoners

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department pursuant to the answer of 13 June 2005, Official Report, column 170W, on prisons, whether female prison officers are required to perform rub...

      Prisons/Prisoners

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many uniformed prison officers were employed at each prison in (a) 1992 and (b) 2005.

      Prisons/Prisoners

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many (a) prison governors and (b) prison officers have been investigated for accessing pornography on the internet in each month since...

      Prisons/Prisoners

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many (a) governors, (b) prison officers and (c) inmates have been found with drugs at each prison establishment in each month since...

      Probation Staff

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what guidance has been given to the national probation service regarding the level of qualification of staff necessary to produce (a)...

      Race Crime

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what steps he is taking to deal with race crime, with particular reference to attacks on Jewish cemeteries in East London.

      Rape (Essex)

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many allegations of rape were made to Essex police in (a) 2001, (b) 2002, (c) 2003 and (d) 2004; how many (i) remain unsolved and (ii)...

      Re-offenders

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what percentage of (a) female and (b) male offenders re-offended within 12 months of being released in each year since 1997.

      Satellite Tagging

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department if he will make a statement on the outcome of trials of satellite tagging of paedophiles and other offenders.

      Security Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many complaints have been made to the relevant Tribunal or Commissioner in relation to the actions of the Security Service since the...

      Sexual Offences Act

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department pursuant to the Answer of 7 July 2005, Official Report, column 589W, on the Sexual Offences Act, if he will set out the recorded crime data...

      Work Permits

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many work permits were issued in each of the last three years to individuals to work in the information technology sector; how many...

      Women's Royal Voluntary Service

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what recent change there has been in the financial assistance provided to the Women's Royal Voluntary Service; and if he will make a statement.

      Women's Royal Voluntary Service

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department if he will make a statement on the reasons for the decision to end grant funding to the Women's Royal Voluntary Service.

  • House of Lords

    • 10 Downing Street: Cosmetics

      asked Her Majesty's Government: How much 10 Downing Street spent on cosmetics in each of the past five years.

    • 10 Downing Street: Entertainment Budget

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What was the entertainment budget of No. 10 Downing Street for each of the past five years.

      Abortion

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether the partial-birth abortion procedure is used in Great Britain; and Whether it would be lawful to use the partial-birth abortion procedure in Great Britain...

      Animal Feed: Waste Food

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What plans they have to encourage the recycling of food waste as animal feed.

      Armenia: Turkish Economic Blockade

      asked Her Majesty's Government: When they last made representations to the government of Turkey about the economic blockade of Armenia; what was the outcome of that discussion; and when they will...

      Banks: Debt Recovery

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether they have plans to limit by statute the power of banks to satisfy debts owed to them out of state benefits which now have to be paid into a bank account.

      BBC

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What discussions (a) the Prime Minister, and (b) the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport have held with (i) Mr Mark Thompson, Director-General of the...

      Belfast: Roadside Tree Planting

      asked Her Majesty's Government: How many roadside trees were planted in Belfast in the 10 years up to the end of 2003; how many have survived to date; and whether they plan to strengthen sapling...

      Burma

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What representations they have made following the refusal of the Burmese Government to issue a visa to the Special Representative of the United Nations...

      Burma: National League for Democracy

      asked Her Majesty's Government: How often and how recently the United Kingdom Ambassador in Burma has visited the headquarters of the National League for Democracy.

      Carrickfergus Maritime Area

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What responsibility the Department of Social Development has to ensure that the sewerage infrastructure in the Maritime Area of Carrickfergus meets adoption standards.

      Community Hospitals

      asked Her Majesty's Government: How many community hospitals with general practitioner beds have been funded through private finance initiatives or public/private projects.

      Company Law Review: Filing of Accounts

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Why they propose to reduce the amount of time smaller companies are given to file accounts at Companies House from 10 to seven months; and Why they propose that...

      Convention for the Elimination of Discrimination Against Women

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether any complaints have been made of breaches of the Convention for the Elimination of Discrimination Against Women (CEDAW) by the United Kingdom since the...

      Council Tax on Second Homes

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What proportion of the 90 per cent. council tax levied on second homes is retained for central spending.

      County Antrim: Housing Stock

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What plans they have to improve the quality and quantity of their housing stock in Doagh, County Antrim.

      Defence Industries Council: Anti-Missile Suites

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What steps they are taking to engage the members of the Defence Industries Council in the evaluation and development of cost-effective anti-missile suites for...

      Democratic Republic of Congo: Arms Embargo

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Why the list, with supporting evidence, of those found to have violated the measures imposed in paragraph 20 of Security Council Resolution 1493 (2003) of 28 July,...

      Dental Services

      asked Her Majesty's Government: With regard to the allocation of the £250 million extra funding for National Health Service dentistry, what amount will be given to the General Dental Service...

      Dental Services

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Further to the speech by the Lord Warner on 21 June (HL Deb, col. 1638), what is the origin of the 480 dentists recently recruited.

      Dental Services

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Further to the speech by the Lord Warner on 21 June (HL Deb, col. 1638), how many National Health Service sessions have been "bought back" from individual...

      Dental Services

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Further to the speech by the Lord Warner on 21 June (HL Deb, col. 1640), what areas of expertise the personnel involved in the specialist support team have; how...

      Department for International Development: Development Awareness Fund

      asked Her Majesty's Government: How the Department for International Development's development awareness fund (table 4 in the latest DfID Departmental Report) was distributed in 2003–04 and...

      Department of Trade and Industry: Single Tender Contracts

      asked Her Majesty's Government: How many contracts worth £500,000 or more were awarded by the Department of Trade and Industry on a single tender basis in each of the past five years; and...

      Deputy Prime Minister and Mayor of London: Meetings

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What meetings took place between the Deputy Prime Minister and the Major of London between 27 September 2004 and 31 March 2005.

      Deputy Prime Minister: Meetings

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What meetings took place between the Deputy Prime Minister and Mr Tony Pydgley of Berkeley Homes between 27 September 2004 and 31 March 2005.

      DTI: McKinsey and Co Secondments

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether the United Kingdom-based operation of McKinsey and Company Incorporated is currently carrying out work for any executive non-department public body or...

      DTI: Trade-related Information

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What are the factors which determine whether a company can expect to receive trade-related information from the Department of Trade and Industry.

      Electoral Commission

      asked Her Majesty's Government: How many members of the Electoral Commission and their staff have practical experience of contesting elections at national, local or European level either as...

      Employment Tribunals: Voluntary Workers

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether they will require employment tribunals to desist from examining the grievances of voluntary workers as they are not employees.

      EU Constitutional Treaty

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether they plan to hold talks with the Government of the Grand Duchy of Luxembourg following the referendum result of 10 July on the future of constitutional...

      EU External Action Service

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Further to the Written Answer by the Lord Triesman on 8 June (WA 75–76) concerning the establishment of the European External Action Service, whether they...

      EU Presidency: UK-Austria Co-operation

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What subjects have been and will be raised with the Austrian government in terms of liaison during the United Kingdom Presidency of the European Union.

      EU Security: Weapons of Mass Destruction Strategy

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What action they will take to secure adequate funding for the weapons of mass destruction programme as part of the European Union's overall security strategy.

      EU Services Directive

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether current progress in the European Union Council of Ministers on the draft services directive is satisfactory.

      EU: Official Languages

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether it is necessary for member states of the European Union to register officially mandated languages within their constitutions as official languages of the...

      Extraterritorial Jurisdiction

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether they will take steps to stop the United States making claims of extraterritorial jurisdiction in the United Kingdom.

      Football Clubs: Ownership

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Further to the Written Answer by the Lord Davies of Oldham on 27 June (WA 5), what has been the outcome so far of their monitoring of developments affecting the...

      Foreign and Commonwealth Office: Review of Working Practices

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether the review of the working practices of Foreign and Commonwealth Office private offices and the establishment of a new centralised Foreign and Commonwealth...

      Former Prime Ministers: Tributes

      asked the Leader of the House: With regard to the deaths of former Prime Ministers in the last 30 years, (a) whether they were Members of the House of Lords; (b) whether they died when the House...

      Future Aircraft Carrier

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether they will make available the outcome of the recent study 100-day study of progress on the new aircraft carrier programme.

      Gangmasters Licensing Authority

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Further to the Written Answer by the Lord Bach on 29 June (WA 27), how much it will cost to issue the anticipated 1,000 licences in the first year after the...

      Guantanamo Bay

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether they will make representations to the United States Government about the report to the Senate Armed Services Committee by General R Schmidt on practices at...

      Gulf War Illnesses

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What payments have so far been made in respect of illnesses contracted by troops involved in the current deployment to Iraq, including post traumatic stress disorder.

      Gulf War Illnesses

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What assessment they have made of the studies, sponsored by the United States Department of Veteran Affairs and the United States Department of Defence, showing...

      Gulf War Veterans: Neuro-imaging Studies

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether, given the differences between the United States and United Kingdom troops involved in the 1990–91 Gulf conflict in terms of their exposures to...

      Hampton Review

      asked Her Majesty's Government Whether they propose to implement the recommendation of the Hampton review of regulatory inspection and enforcement concerning the move of the Office of Fair...

      Home Energy Conservation Act 1995

      asked Her Majesty's Government: When they will publish reports for 2003–04 pursuant to the Home Energy Conservation Act 1995.

      Home Energy Conservation Act 1995

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What assessment they have made of the amount of energy saved to date as a result of the implementation of the Home Energy Conservation Act 1995.

      Home Energy Conservation Act 1995

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What assessment they have made of the impact upon energy conservation activities, pursuant to the Home Energy Conservation Act 1995, of the comprehensive...

      House of Lords: Members' Transport

      asked the Chairman of Committees: Further to his Written Answer on 14 July (WA 171), what is the House's policy on the use of different forms of transport by Members of the House and staff for...

      House of Lords: Recording Aviation Miles Accrued by Members and Staff on Official Visits

      asked the Chairman of Committees: Further to his Written Answer on 14 July (WA 171), whether, in view of the environmental impact of air travel, he has any plans in future to keep records of the...

      Identity Cards Programme: Staffing

      asked Her Majesty's Government: How many (a) consultants, (b) civil servants, and (c) secondees are currently working on the development and procurement phases of the identity card scheme.

      Identity Cards: Biometrics

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What scientific and technological assessment they have made in support of the assumption that the identity card scheme would operate satisfactorily if the...

      India: Citizenship

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether they will place in the Library of the House the Note Verbale of the British High Commission in New Delhi dated 20 April (ref: CH342/05) seeking views of...

      Interest Charges: Credit Cards

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether they have any plans to require lenders to standardise the way in which they charge interest on credit cards.

      International Criminal Court

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What power they have to intervene in order to prevent the International Criminal Court from assuming jurisdiction in a case where a British citizen is...

      International Criminal Court

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether the International Criminal Court has power to assume, of its own volition, jurisdiction in a particular case.

      International Criminal Court

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What persons or organisations have access to the International Criminal Court that would enable them to invite the court to assume jurisdiction in a particular case.

      Iraq: British Troop Withdrawal

      asked Her Majesty's Government: By what date they expect the complete departure of British troops from Iraq to take place.

      Iraq: Civilian Casualties

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether they will discuss the latest estimates of Iraqi civilian casualties with the United States Government.

      Israel and Palestine

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What response they are offering to current discussions between United Nations member states on actions needed to comply with the decision last year of the...

      Israel and Palestine

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether they plan to hold an early meeting with the organisation Jews for Justice for Palestinians.

      Israel and Palestine: EU Intervention

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether they will use the period of the United Kingdom presidency of the European Union to assist the Palestinian Authority's request for European Union...

      Joint Intelligence Committee

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether they will urgently reconsider the report of the Joint Intelligence Committee in February 2003, particularly with regard to its references to the connection...

      London: Terrorist Attacks

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether they have established specific links between the bomb attacks in London on 7 July and current British activities in Iraq.

      Lord Birt

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What advice the Lord Birt, the Prime Minister's strategy adviser, has given in regard to the reform of the BBC.

      Lord Birt

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether Lord Birt, since his appointment as the Prime Minister's strategy adviser, has met (a) Mr Mark Thompson, director-general of the BBC, and (b) the board of...

      Lord Birt

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether the role of the Lord Birt, as the Prime Minister's strategy adviser, includes offering advice on the BBC Charter review; and, if so, what advice he has given.

      Lord Birt

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether the Lord Birt, in his capacity as the Prime Minister's Strategy Adviser, has met Mr Michael Grade, Chairman of the BBC, since May 2004 in order to discuss...

      Lord Birt

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Which members of the Board of the BBC the Lord Birt has met in his capacity as the Prime Minister's strategy adviser, in order to discuss the future of the BBC and...

      McKinsey and Co.

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether the United Kingdom-based operation of McKinsey and Company Incorporated is currently carrying out work for any executive non-department public body or...

      McKinsey and Co.

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether the United Kingdom-based operation of McKinsey and Company Incorporated is currently carrying out work for any executive non-department public body or...

      McKinsey and Co.

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether the United Kingdom-based operation of McKinsey and Company Incorporated is currently carrying out work for any executive non-department public body or...

      McKinsey and Co.

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether the United Kingdom-based operation of McKinsey and Company is currently engaged in any work for the Department for Culture, Media and Sport in regard to...

      Ministry of Defence: Stolen Equipment

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What is their estimate of (a) stolen, and (b) missing or lost equipment from Ministry of Defence property and sites in each of the past five years.

      Mobile Phone Operators: Contingency Planning

      asked Her Majesty's Government, Whether they will ask United Kingdom mobile telephone operators to react to network overload, caused by an event such as the recent bombs in London, by restricting...

      MoD: Award of Contracts

      asked Her Majesty's Government: How many contracts worth £500,000 or more were awarded by the Ministry of Defence on a single tender basis in each of the past five years; and what were the...

      MoD: Care for the Under-18s

      asked Her Majesty's Government: When the new guidelines on the care and management of under-18s in the Armed Forces will be available.

      MoD: Contracts to McKinsey and Co

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether any contract awarded by the Ministry of Defence to McKinsey and Company Incorporated in the past five years was on a single tender basis; if so, what were...

      National Insurance Credits

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What percentage and number of working age adults (by gender) they estimate will be accruing national insurance credits in 2010 and in 2020 because (a) they will be...

      North/South Implementation Bodies

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Further to the Written Answer by the Lord Rooker on 8 June [HL 63], how Unionists currently input into decisions concerning the implementation of existing policies...

      North/South Ministerial Secretariat

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What are the details of travel within Northern Ireland by the North/South Ministerial Secretariat in Armagh since its creation.

      Northern Ireland Assets Recovery Agency

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What has been (a) the annual budget; and (b) the full-time equivalent staffing levels, of the Northern Ireland Assets Recovery Agency for each year since it was...

      Northern Ireland Assets Recovery Agency

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What plans they have to increase the budget and manpower of the Northern Ireland Assets Recovery Agency in the next five years.

      Northern Ireland Assets Recovery Agency

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What has been the value of assets (a) frozen; (b) recovered through civil recovery; and (c) recovered through taxation by the Northern Ireland Assets Recovery...

      Northern Ireland Civil Service

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Since 2000, how many members of the Northern Ireland Civil Service have been found guilty of bullying or harassing staff; in how many cases action has been taken...

      Northern Ireland Civil Service

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What is their approach to public servants in Northern Ireland who have been found guilty of bullying or harassing staff.

      Northern Ireland Department for Culture, Arts and Leisure

      asked Her Majesty's Government: On what basis and by whom the Northern Ireland Department for Culture, Arts and Leisure is monitored annually.

      Northern Ireland Department for Culture, Arts and Leisure

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What was the underspend by the Northern Ireland Department of Culture, Arts and Leisure during 2004–05. [HL1175]

      Northern Ireland Office: Media Announcements

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What media announcements were made by the Northern Ireland Office during the week beginning 13 June.

      Northern Ireland Police Ombudsman

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Further to the Written Answers by the Lord Rooker on 6 July (WA 106–107) and 13 July (WA 152), why the per capita cost of a criminal conviction arising from...

      Northern Ireland: Children in Care

      asked Her Majesty's Government: How they fulfil their duty of care towards children resident in children's homes if they do not collect centrally information relating to contraception and...

      Northern Ireland: Election Complaints

      asked Her Majesty's Government: How many formal complaints they have received about the 2005 elections in Northern Ireland; what breaches of electoral law or other malpractices were alleged;...

      Northern Ireland: Equality Commission

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Under which country's legislation the Equality Commission for Northern Ireland operates.

      Northern Ireland: Festivals

      asked Her Majesty's Government: On what basis the Department of Social Development in Northern Ireland allocates funding to festivals and community celebrations; how much has been allocated in...

      Northern Ireland: Festivals

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether in 2004 or 2005 the Northern Ireland Department for Culture, Arts and Leisure has followed a policy of selecting for funding those festivals which had...

      Northern Ireland: Fouling of Footpaths by Dogs

      asked Her Majesty's Government: For each year since 2000, how many people have been prosecuted in Northern Ireland for allowing their dogs to foul public footpaths.

      Northern Ireland: Housing Stock

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What plans they have to improve the quality and quantity of their housing stock in Ballywater, Ballyhalbert and Portavogie in County Down.

      Northern Ireland: Murders

      asked Her Majesty's Government: How many murders in Northern Ireland in each year since 1998 have been linked to organised crime, including those carried out by paramilitary organisations.

      Northern Ireland: Newspaper Funding

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Further to the Written Answer by the Lord Rooker on 6 July (HL 668), what newspapers they have funded in Northern Ireland; for what purpose; and what conditions,...

      Northern Ireland: Noise Complaints

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Why the constituency of Fermanagh and South Tyrone, despite having the lowest level of noise complaints in Northern Ireland, has the highest level of "notices...

      Northern Ireland: Police Ombudsman

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Further to the Written Answers by the Lord President on 7 April (WA 136), how many of the 128 staff in the Office of the Police Ombudsman for Northern Ireland are...

      Northern Ireland: Register of Electors

      asked Her Majesty's Government: With regard to the register of electors in Northern Ireland— (a) how many electors are on the register more than once with the same national insurance...

      Northern Ireland: Wrong Limb Amputations

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Further to the Written Answer by the Lord Warner on 7 July (WA 117), whether, in collecting information at national level of instances of wrong limb amputations,...

      Nuclear Fusion

      asked Her Majesty's Government What proposals they have to encourage and support the development of nuclear fusion as an efficient source of power generation

      Olympic Games 2012

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What plans they propose to ensure that Northern Ireland receives its share of the benefits of the London Olympic Games in 2012.

      Palace of Westminster: Cleaners

      asked the Chairman of Committees: Further to his Written Answer on 19 July (WA 231), whether he will initiate talks with Mitie Cleaning in relation to the pay and conditions of their staff; and...

      PayPal and eBay

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether Ministers or officials of the Department of Trade and Industry have met an employee or representative of PayPal (Europe) Ltd, PayPal Incorporated or eBay...

      PayPal and eBay

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether the Department of Trade and Industry has (a) provided any financial assistance or other support to or (b) placed any contracts or other work with PayPal...

      Pension Protection Fund

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Why the Pension Protection Fund applies only to final salary style pensions and not to all company pension schemes.

      Pension Protection Fund

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What is the total estimated cost to companies of the Pension Protection Fund.

      Pension Protection Fund

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Why they propose a risk-based levy to finance the Pension Protection Fund.

      Police Service of Northern Ireland

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether any agreement has existed between the Police Service of Northern Ireland's East Belfast District Command Unit and any other party regarding the deployment...

      Police Service of Northern Ireland

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Further to the Written Answers by the Lord Rooker on 30 June (WA 50) and 6 July (WA 106), how they justify an allocation of per capita funding for the Office of...

      Public Finance Statistics

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether they will establish an independent national statistical service to take responsibility from HM Treasury for judging when the Government have met their...

      Railways: Level Crossings

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What is their estimate of the total cost of repairing equipment and track that was damaged by accidents and incidents at level crossings in the last reported year;...

      Railways: Level Crossings

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether they have considered issuing guidance or instruction similar to that given to motorists in other European countries when waiting at level crossings .

      Regional Development Agencies

      asked Her Majesty's Government: How they propose to measure the success of regional development agencies in helping small and medium-sized businesses.

      Rights of Way

      asked Her Majesty's Government: How many rights of way disputes are waiting to be resolved by public Inquiry.

      Rights of Way

      asked Her Majesty's Government: How long is the average waiting time before inquiries into rights of way disputes are heard.

      Rights of Way

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What is the maximum waiting time for inquiries into rights of way disputes; and what are the government targets for such waiting times.

      Royal Air Force: 32 Squadron

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What plans they have for up-dating the aircraft operated by 32 Squadron of the Royal Air Force; and how the capital costs, including consequential carrying charges...

      Royal Mail: Independent Review

      asked Her Majesty's Government: When the independent review of the future of the Royal Mail is to be launched; and What issues the independent review of the Royal Mail has been asked to consider.

      Royal Mail: Pension Deficit

      asked Her Majesty's Government What is the amount of the pension deficit of the Royal Mail.

      Royal Navy: Counter-narcotics Operations

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What standing naval commitments in the Caribbean and the North Atlantic are to be routinely tasked with counter-narcotics operations from November 2005 to May 2006.

      Sellafield

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether they are satisfied with the management of the Sellafield nuclear plant and thermal oxide reprocessing plant in terms of safety, security and overall...

      SEUPB: Religious Balance of Staff

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What is the religious balance of the staff of the European Special Funds Implementation Body.

      Ulster Scots Agency

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether additional funding will be provided to the Ulster Scots Agency to allow it to continue its agreed policies for the rest of the year.

      Ulster Scots Agency

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Further to the Written Answer by the Lord Rooker on 15 June (WA 129), whether the Ulster Scots Agency's budget is sufficient to enable it to meet the objectives...

      Ulster Scots Agency

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Further to the Written Answer by the Lord Rooker on 15 June (WA 129), on what date and in what form the Ulster Scots Agency indicated its agreement with the...

      Union of Democratic Miners: Compensation Scheme

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether they will place in the Library of the House all correspondence relating to the Department of Trade and Industry's contracts and agreements with the Union...

      United Kingdom Coastline

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Who is responsible for the United Kingdom's coastline; and whether they have any plans to change this responsibility.

      University Air Squadrons

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether they plan to change the current arrangements for University Air Squadron activities; and, if so, what changes are envisaged.

      US Gulf War Veterans

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What information they have on the study the United States Institute of Medicine is currently undertaking for the United States Department of Veteran Affairs into...

      Waterways Ireland

      asked Her Majesty's Government: When the investigation into complaints of bullying and harassment by 20 employees at Waterways Ireland will be concluded; who is carrying out the investigation or...

      Waterways Ireland

      asked Her Majesty's Government: How many promotions have been made in Waterways Ireland since 2000 without open competition; and, if any have been made, for what reasons and under what circumstances.

      Waterways Ireland

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Further to the Written Answers by the Lord Rooker on 21 June (WA 164) and 12 July (WA 143), on the basis of what qualification the Chief Executive of Waterways...

      Waterways Ireland

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What guidance the Waterways Ireland bullying and harassment policy provides in cases where the allegations are made against the most senior members of the...

      Waterways Ireland

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether Waterways Ireland will set up an independent review of its policy on bullying and harassment; and whether training courses have been held on that policy.

      Zimbabwe

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Further to the Written Answer by the Lord Triesman on 14 July (WA 162) on Operation Marambatsvina in Zimbabwe, what the policy of "silent diplomacy" has so far...

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